What is it about being anonymous or far away that encourages mean-spirited or downright evil behavior from people? I really do believe that people get on their computers to vent their frustrations on the people that they believe won’t strike back.
The sad news is that all of the people spewing venom and cyber-bullying are the ones who will end up with hardening of the arteries and diabetes and all sorts of stress related illnesses. No one escapes. Even if they think they got away with it today.
The following infographic suggests that:
- nearly 150 million teens around the world are cyberbullied
- 90% of teens who use social media and who witnessed online cruelty say they ignored the mean behavior
- 66% of them saw others join in the harassment
Everyone else is doing it!
If people think they can get away with trashing someone else–especially undercover of a screen name–they will happily let loose. Wouldn’t it be funny if those harsh criticisms and hostile teasing jokes boomeranged back on the perpetrator? I think it would be hilarious.
If someone is bullying you, ask for help
No one can handle a bully on their own. Bullies thrive on separating “the weaker ones” from the herd. Don’t let them. Get some tactics to help you persevere and prevail. That’s a nice way of saying, “figure out how to push them back and out of your face.”
Don’t let a bully push you away from your friends or keep you from having confidence in yourself.
If this is happening to you, find someone who can help you work out strategies to defeat those cyberbullying jerks.
Created by: Online Counseling Degrees