Cyber bullying is an increasing problem in today’s society. As the availability of technology grows, so does the susceptibility of teenagers being bullied. The nature of the bullying may come in many forms and can often be hard to identify or trace, but it is clear that the Internet has seriously added to this problem. While most people tend to take the side of those being bullied, it is important to remember that both sides of the problem suffer severe psychological damage through cyber bullying.
The teenage years are a vital time where children learn to mature, create their own ways of thinking and begin down the road to adulthood. The road barriers they face on their road are numerous, with media, cultural pressures, religions and family issues pressuring teenagers from all sides. Cyber bullying could be added as a flippant comment on this list of obstructions, but it is important to remember the drastic effects that it has on a child. Bullying is more than a pressure; it is more than just a sarcastic comment or rolling of the eyes. Bullying, especially cyber bullying, can cause a child’s world to completely fall apart.
Cyber bullies tear apart every aspect of their victim’s life and then place the shredded pieces on display. They knock down all protective barriers, making even the home a fearful place of the receiving teen. Even within the safety of home it is doubtful that a parent would notice that their child is being bullied right by the computer. There are no shouts or physical signs – instead, bullies use the Internet to silently prowl around their victims. They taunt them and maul their feeble bodies, only leaving the weak strands of humanity behind. Bullies destroy all sense of hope, growth or enjoyment in life.
While it is true that those being bullied suffer greatly, one must wonder about their bullies. We must stop to think on what caused them to lose all sense of control in their life, why they need to pull others down. Most often a bullies is only compensating for their own insecurities. By bringing others down they can feel better about themselves, they exercise power and feel in control. While this does by no means excuse their behaviour, cyber bullies cannot be held completely responsible for their own actions.
It is clear that the solution to stop bullying on the Internet lies with the bullies. They are the root of the problem; they are the one who need redirection and help. Counselling opportunities need to be offered to bullies, especially through schools. Families need to take the time to examine their lifestyle and their children’s behaviour, not just to ask themselves if their child is being bullied, but rather if they are bullying others. Somebody needs to love their enemies.