Cyber Bullying – Darker side of Internet.
Bullying is an age-old concept, which all living being are facing. Be it an animal or human, Bullying exists. It exists in every age, every culture, every race. Some times its funny sometimes serious and sometimes dangerous.
In current age of information and technology we are facing new form of Bullying, i.e. Cyber Bullying. Predominant interference of Internet in our routine life is giving more space to such people, who loves bullying. Cyberbullying includes sending hateful messages or even death threats to children, spreading lies about them online, making nasty comments on their social networking profiles, or creating a website to bash their looks or reputation.
There are so many softwares, apps, websites available for chat and sharing information. We can exchange real time messages or drop a message for offline mode or we can comment on others work. We can share our work, or others’ work, that too across platform. Such independence and flexibility and that too without anybody’s interference is allowing us to create difficulty situation for anybody, sometime unknown to us.
We do face little bullying in our classrooms, or offices but cyberbullying differs from that. Teachers or any friend or any senior or parent can’t intervene on the Internet. Sometimes they even don’t know what their child or friend is facing.
When it happens online, there’s no one to filter it. Cyberbullies don’t witness their victims’ reactions, the way they might if they insulted others to their faces. They even don’t bother about what their target is feeling. Sometimes they even don’t the victim. Its just like blind date. We can call it blind bullying. Bullies are just enjoyed that situation.
It can lead to mental trauma, depression, and can lead to suicide. Recently we witnessed the cases of blue whale. An online game.
Often, kids don’t tell parents they’re being cyberbullied; they’re afraid their parents will overreact or yank Internet privileges. But as parent, teacher or elder we need to keep eyes on their changing behaviour and actions, we need to be alert.
Cyber Safety Tips for responding to cyberbullying:
- Never share confidential details like passwords, OTP etc.
- Teach your child about the block or ban feature of website or app.
- Keep checking the access details.
- Motivate your child to share the information he/she is sharing or collecting on internet.