Cyber bullying is a threat to the world of internet
Written By: Counselling Psychologist
M.Sc. Psychology - Swansea University, UK.
Reviewed By: Counselling Psychologist
MA Psychology Pennsylvania State University, USA
Last Updated: 23-03-2023

Cyber bullying is a threat to the world of internet


Bullying is undesirable, forceful conduct that includes genuine or perceived power unevenness. Cyber-bullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices such as mobile phones, and desktops, among others. Cyber-bullying can occur through SMS, social media apps, and even gaming platforms where people can participate in, or see/share content.

Examples of cyber-bullying acts include sending, posting, or sharing negative, abusive or embarrassing content about someone else. It may include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing humiliation. Cyber-bullying may cross the line into unlawful /criminal behaviour.

 Cyber-bullying is no less than other forms of bullying with the physical presence of a bully. In fact, it could be more harmful as people are not even aware of who is bullying them so it becomes difficult to track or complain about the bully. Since the initial days of the internet, cyber-bullying has been a threat to privacy and mental peace. While bullying is common among usually among school-going kids, cyber-bullying is more common among teenagers and young adults.

 Cyber-bullying acts make the victim feel discomfort and hamper their personal space. These acts are not only breaching the privacy of the victim but are also devastating to their mental well-being.

Such acts must be reported to the police and other concerned authorities. Also, it must be ensured that the action is been taken.

Cyber Bullying impacting mental health

The victims of cyber-bullying tend to Socially isolate themselves, develop feelings of guilt, experience sleep disruption and change in appetite. They may also develop low levels of self-esteem leading to absenteeism from school/ workplace. They get anxious very easily and show poor academic/ work performance. They also encounter Bedwetting episodes irrespective of age. Their immunity becomes low. They may develop Psychosomatic symptoms (stomachaches, headaches, muscle aches, and other physiological Complaints with no apparent biological cause) and even signs of depression.




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