In This fast pacing world everything has become easily accessible just like Internet, cell phones, smart gazettes, Skype, facebook, twitter etc. and they have entered in to our daily routines. When someone is not on facebook or instagram we make them feel inferior or according to us that guy is not moving with the world. But do you think it is the truth? —Certainly Not. Technology no doubt has made our life very easy, comfortable and luxurious but sometimes this comfort leads us to crimes like cyber bullying.
What is Cyber bullying exactly?
Cyberbullying is the use of information technology to harm or harass someone deliberately. According to U.S. Legal Definitions, “cyber-bullying could be limited to posting rumours or gossips about a person in the internet bringing about hatred in other’s minds; or it may go to the extent of personally identifying victims and publishing materials severely defaming and humiliating them” Cyber bullying involves using electronic technology such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and so many websites. Examples of cyber bullying include mean text messages or emails, rumours sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles. Cyber bullying is getting very common these days with the easy access to technology. So, let’s here began to get some statics and facts about cyber bullying which help us to prevent ourselves from this web monster.
# More than 80% teenagers use cell phones regularly hence making it the most common and approachable medium for cyber bullying. •“Hyper-networking” teens (those who spend more than three hours per school day on online social networks) are 110% more likely to be a victim of cyber bullying as compared to those who spend less time on internet.
#Facebook the most common and popular social networking site is being reported 64% teens are being bullied on Facebook. Around 25% of teenagers been bullied repeatedly through text messages. In terms of cyber bullying Twitter is even ahead of facebook with 29% of teenagers being bullied on it. Around 21% of kids have received mean or threatening e-mail or other forms of direct messages.
#In comparison possibility of being a cyberbullying victims is twice in Girls. Another shocking fact is these teenagers most of the time do not know the identity of the bully. It has become so common that approximately 35% of teenagers have been threatened online and in a group of 5, with 1 it happens more than twice.
#Another very shocking fact is only 1 in 10 victims inform the parents or trusted adult about this abuse. Only 1 parent in 6 know their child has been bullied online and in almost half of these cases child is a repeat victim. Because of non-awareness about internet and social networking only half of the parents whose children have social media accounts are concerned about cyber bullying and only some of them discuss the issue of online bullying with their children.
#According to a survey stealing password is getting very common and Four out of ten middle school students have had their password (s) stolen and even changed by a bully which barring these children to their own account and someone else on their behalf poses anything.
#Cyberbullying happens in front of everyone, When teenagers see others being cruel on social networks, 55% see people just ignoring what is going on, 27% see defending the victim, 20% see telling the offender to stop, and 19% see others join in on the harassment.
#Teenagers don’t consider cyberbullying as a serious crime. According to statistics out of 100, 50% of cyber bullies report doing it for fun. Only 20% of them do it to teach a lesson to someone. Most common complaint in cyberbullying are one third of students report being targets of postings of their personal communications for public viewing, blackmailing the teenagers for posting some unusual pictures or data on public platforms etc.
# Cyberbullying is a big reason of increasing suicide among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. In comparison to normal human being Bully victims are more prone to suicides according to studies by Yale University .A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying.
#According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and around 160,000 teens like to stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying.