With the advancement of technology at the turn of the millennium, the internet suddenly became an important aspect for local and global connectivity. Internet is used to communicate with other people and it gives us a chance to discover things around the world. Because of the internet, it is now easy for us to know the latest happenings in our country or in the world, by just clicking it. Internet made our task easier and more convenient. But, the internet is not as good as what we are thinking. It also has a bad effect. The internet holds many dangers such as viruses and programming faults that could be dangerous for people but also two of the most menacing problems for young people today; child pornography and cyber-bullying. Cyber bullying has become increasingly common, especially among teenagers.
The term “cyber bullying” is a form of bullying or harassment that is accomplished by using electronic forms of connection. It is a situation where a child or teen is repeatedly tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child or teenager using text messaging, e-mail, instant messaging or any other type of digital technology.
Cyber bullying can be as simple as sending e-mails to someone who wants no further contact with you but it can also be very serious when it includes threats or sexual bullying or when a forum is created and that person is ridiculed. Cyber-bullies may post personal data of their victims at websites or forums or even pretend to be someone else in order to publish different material to the victim’s name that diminishes or humiliates him. The biggest percentage of the bullies use pretty much the same tactic as they send threatening messages to their victim or call them mean names. (UKEssays, 2003)
There are three (3) methods used in cyberbullying that we can see around us. The first one is in social media. Cyberbullying can take place on social media sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. Cyber bullies humiliate their victim by posting embarrassing images, tormenting status, and threatening messages. The second one is in gaming. Gaming was a more common venue for men to experience harassment, whereas women’s harassment tended to occur via online games. Most of the gamers considered their gaming culture to be equally welcoming the both genders, though others said it favored men. Most of the men who spend more time in violent video games were significantly more likely to both experience and perpetrate cyberbullying.
The last one is in search engines. This method happen when users start giving on information which they assume to be true, but cannot know to be true based on information on what other users are doing. Information cascades can be accelerated by search engines’ ranking technologies and their tendency to return results relevant to a user’s previous interests. This type of information spreading is hard to stop. Information cascades over social media and the Internet may also be harmless, and may contain truthful information.
Being a victim of cyberbullying is not easy for them to express their own feelings. They chose to keep it in themselves than sharing it to their family, friends and relatives. Cyberbullying consist three (3) basic types of abuse – emotional, verbal and physical. It typically involves subtle methods of coercion such as intimidation. Depression and anxiety that may lead to commit a suicide, changes in sleep and eating patterns, loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy, health complaints, decreased academic achievement and school participation. They are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school. Gay bashing and gay bullying is a verbal or physical abuse against a person who is perceived by the aggressor to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer, including persons who are actually heterosexual or non-specific or unknown sexual orientation. (http://www.slideshare.net/frncsm13/research-thesis-effects-of-bullying)
Here in our country, we still don’t have a law that is focused on cyberbullying but it is already proposed in the House Bill 5718 that will define and penalize the crime of cyberbullying. Camarines Sur Rep. Ronaldo Andaya authored this bill entitled “An act of defining and penalizing the crime of cyber-bullying” otherwise known as “Anti-Cyber-Bullying Act of 2015” with the hope of encouraging people to become responsible netizens and making them accountable for their cyber-actions.
As a solution, we want every single person in this world, especially the teenagers to know the ways on how to prevent cyberbullying. It is the only way to keep them away from the danger of the internet. The first thing that we need to do to prevent cyberbullying is to educate ourselves. Get some information about cyberbullying in the internet, know how and where it is most likely to occur. Talk to your friends about what they see and their experiences. Second, fend your password and other private information from inquisitive eyes. Never leave passwords or other identifying information where others can see it. Also, never give this information to anyone, even in your best friend. If other people know it, might as well change it right now. Third, do not post sexy image of yourself. Bullies can use this picture as ammunition to make your life miserable. Fourth, do not open unidentified messages. If that message came from people you don’t know, delete them without reading. It could contain viruses that automatically infect your device if opened. Also never click on links to pages that are sent from someone you don’t know. These two could contain a virus designed to collect your personal or private information. Fifth, log out of online accounts. Don’t save passwords in form fields within web sites or your web browser for convenience, and don’t stay logged in when you walk away from the computer or cell phone. Don’t give anyone even the slightest chance to pose as you online through your device. If you forget to log out your Facebook account when using the computer at the library, the next person who uses that computer could get into your account and cause significant problems for you. If you are a victim of cyberbullying, you can deal with it to some extent by limiting computer connection time, not responding to threatening or defamatory messages, and never opening e-mail messages from sources you do not recognize or from known sources of unwanted communications. More active measures include blacklisting or whitelisting e-mail accounts, changing e-mail addresses, changing ISPs, changing cell phone accounts and attempting to trace the source.