Most of the Indian teenagers are victim to online bullying.
This generation people are all the time on WhatsApp chatting or on Instagram posting their pictures or it may be Snapchat for streaks. Well, these all thing looks cool in this day and age but it has its dark side too. Children especially teenagers face this problem of online bullying quite often.
It has been found that nearly one in five parents worldwide say that child has experienced cyber bullying at least once. Cyber bullying is defined by Smith et al as an “aggressive intentional act carried out by a group or individual using electric forms of contact repeatedly and over time against a victim who cannot easily defend himself or herself.” Cyber bullying can be done through text messages, phone calls, e-mails, chat rooms etc. It includes posting derogatory messages, hurtful comments, abusing on personal chats , giving rape or death threats or posting sexual explicit images or videos of a person on the internet or even posting fake information about that person. All these things come under the ambit of Cyber bullying.
The impact of such acts can be catastrophic especially for teenagers. They are unable to handle such humiliation and embarrassment and ends up taking extreme steps such as hurting oneself. Frankly saying, Cyber bullying reflects the real-world problems arising out of the virtual world. If we go by reports, these bullies in most of the cases are known to the victim. These bullies creates fake profiles on social media platforms and then starts sending derogatory or abusive messages to the victims may be out of jealousy or revenge. Well, a real life case was reported few years ago where a girl’s bestfriend created a fake profile of her on Facebook and sent derogatory messages to common friends in order to grab attention of a boy she liked. The bully use to share personal images of the victim on her fake account and insulted her on public platform. Like this case there are several cases and so many young girls and boys who fall prey to online abuse and Cyber bullying. These bullies leaves and indelible mark on the psyche of its victims. Now, if we talk about the precautionary measures of how to prevent Cyber bullying the very first step would be , do not respond and retaliate and block the id right there , keep your account safe and do not give it to anyone. If the bullying gets out of hands reach out for help by using your legal rights.
The Information Technology Act 2000 deals with cyber bullying. Do not ever ignore cyber bullying and never make it a part of your lives by utter ignorance. Use the rights given and let the bullies be unmasked. Be safe ! Be aware !