Bullying rears it’s ugly head in many circumstances. The workplace, in school, online, pretty much anywhere where people are gathered in some type of collective setting. It affects many and often has it’s reasons deeply rooted in pain, guilt, fear, and sadness.
Cyberbullying has become a bit more prevalent because of social media and SNS. People are finding easier ways to bully others online or through various platforms. This ease however is being made more difficult in places like South Korea – one of the top securest IT infrastructure countries in the world. In order to register for a website, social media, online forum, etc, they’re considering a system where users would have to submit their real name and input their National ID. The reason behind this is largely due to the increasing suicide rate of celebrities, popular figures and teenagers as an unfortunate result of cyberbullying. This problem is also evident as an increasing issue in the US as well. Espcially now with the coronoavirus keeping people in their homes and many people (mainly kids) on the inter-webs.
There was a case where a guy found out who his bully was by tracking the IP address and doing a little investigative work only to realize it was his friend or “friend”. After he confronted her, he asked her why. She essentially said it was because of jealousy more that hate and she was quite apologetic for her actions (Marcus, 2020).
Its seems many times that bullying is the occurrence of the the aggressor (the bully) being self-absorbed, insecure, and having low self-esteem. The victim is often ostracized and made to feel these same feelings because of the bully’s projection of their own issues onto them. Often times, the issues the bully has roots back to their rearing as a child. If they were not given enough attention from their parents, they would typically look for other ways to gain attention. Unfortunately, its usually negative attention because that may have been the only thing that worked in the past.
Most times, just saying “stop” or “that’s hurtful” isn’t enough because the aggressor doesn’t care. There are more alternative ways that different organizations are working to prevent this type of behavior and calling on parents to monitor their kids to make sure they’re not the victim, bully or witness. In an increasingly technological world, what is the best way to tackle this issue?
Marcus, D. (2020, March 1). I was cyberbullied-and I fought back. Retrieved April 11, 2020, from https://www.dailydot.com/irl/i-found-my-cyberbully-and-fought-back/