Monday, 14 January 2019

Essay on Cyber Bullying – More Extreme Than face-to-face Taunts

Essay on Cyber Bullying – More Extreme Than face-to-face Taunts

Essay on Cyber Bullying
Cyber technology has evolved over the years. Internet has reached new heights. Technology is the craft-designer. Today physical atrocities can still be tolerated, but a technological atrocity is another name for doom. The youth uses the internet now more than ever and most of them have internet access at home. The internet, for most of the youths, is not just a convenient way to research or a fun-filled activity; it has acquired a bulk part of their social lives. Simply put, their lives are revolved around a pivot called the internet for any social purpose involved. They comfort themselves e-mailing and chatting with friends after studies. But things are not circumscribed only to this. The venomous snake raises its head to pout out its fangs.

The term cyber bullying, originating from such contemporary deliberate malfunctions and blatant flouting of the behavioral code of conduct while using the internet, is defined as the harm or harassment caused to other people in a deliberate, consistent and hostile manner through the weapon of information technology. In the eyes of the law, cyber bullying could also be limited to posting rumors or gossips about a person on 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 happens through the medium of electronic technology, which generally comprises ubiquitous devices and equipments like cell phones, computers, tablets as well as the communication instruments, which include the social media sites, text messages, chat and websites. Some frequent examples of cyber bullying are text messages or e-mails, rumors splashed across social networking sites or e-mails as well as uploading of disconcerting pictures, videos, websites or forged profiles and images.

The deliberate application of social media to excruciate someone psychologically and physically is another simple explication for cyber bullying. The kids who are being cyber bullied are often bullied in person and most of the time, it is observed that, these kind of kids have a harder time detaching themselves from such behavior. Cyber bullying is reiterative, waspish and persistent. As it happens through the medium of internet, it can happen at any time. The real source of distress lies in the fact that the messages or images can be sent anonymously and then distributed to a wide audience at a meteoric manner. And once posted, these sorts of inappropriate and harrowing messages and pictures cannot be properly deleted.

There can be assorted problems endemic of kids facing cyber bullying. They might incline towards alcohol and drugs, skip school, experience in-person bullying, reluctance in school-going as well as studies, poor grades, lower self-esteem, health problems, etc. According to the recently released Intel Security's "Teens, Tweens and Technology Study 2015”, 81% of Indian respondents between eight and 16 are active on the social media networks. Of these, 22% have reported being bullied online the highest in the four countries surveyed (Australia, USA and Singapore being the other three). That's not all as many as 529 of Indian children indicated that they had bullied people over the social media again the highest of the four countries surveyed. A whopping 65% of respondents report witnessing cruel behavior online.

It has been surveyed and authentically proved that today nearly 81% of people think that bullying online is easier to get away with than bullying in person. And current statistics say that India ranks highest among a few Asian countries in cyber bullying with 53 percent currently utilizing the internet between the ages of 8 to 17 and have faced some form of online bullying more than once. This is in contrast to a sizeable 49 percent children who face cyber bullying in Bangladesh, 33 percent in Thailand and only one in 4 children in Malaysia, according to the Norton Cyber security Insights Report by Norton by Symantec. One can imagine how volcanic information technology can be if and when human intelligence wishes to deliberate and play with it. 

Among teens and youths, girls are even more likely to become victims of such bullying. There can be repeated threats, sexual remarks and pejorative labels or hate speech trying every time to disconcert the target victim. But all these can be prevented if and only if parents become aware of such sinister happenings and warn their wards about it. Parents should be always aware of what their kids do online. They must set up some rules to use technology for their kids. First and foremost, they must teach kids the appropriate usage of technological devices like the computer, the cell phone, etc. in order to ensure when they are online, thus ensuring safety. 

The kids should actually know what posts should they upload and what they must not in order to not embarrass or hurt anyone’s feelings. All these must be clear to their minds. And the duty of the parents lies in monitoring their wards so that they do not go astray while online. Kids must know to be smart with technology rather than getting tampered by it. They must remember the Biblical saying of King Solomon, “A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.” It is for the posterity to decide how capable they are to bring gladness for their family.

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