Today’s youth are faced with all types of terrible and appalling situations, however, this is one of the newest and most troubling situations. The estimated number of youth who have experienced Cyber crimes are increasing and at a global proportion. While this type of crime is happening mostly to teenagers and young adults aged 14-26, it could happen to anyone of any age.
While technology is becoming more sophisticated, allowing us immediate access to information, which could greatly benefit our lives, it could also potentially provide individuals with the means to exploit personal information,cyber security commit cyber-crimes, or even inflict injury to others. One type of cyber-crime in particular is Cyber-bullying. Fact is, that an overwhelming majority of teenagers believe that this type of bullying is a joke, not realizing the devastating impact it could have on the victim.
This kind of abuse needs to be eliminated, because the effects of this kind of bullying can be detrimental to the victim, causing anything from depression to suicide. It is an act of persecution and mistreatment or cruelty that takes place within a digital setting, most commonly over the Internet or on any online-based forums. It can include negative, derogatory, or abusive comments; as well as threats to exploit private details about the victim.
In this day and age teenagers use technology more than even; most have access to access to high-speed Internet, which they use to send pictures and messages to their friends, create personal blogs or online videos, and create personal profiles on social networks. Cyber-bullying can take place on social networks such as Facebook, My Space or Twitter, etc. but it can also take place in online chat rooms, through emails, text or picture messages or any other place where technology is used.
According to studies by the Cyber-bullying Resource Center, “Prior to the summer of 2011, such reports that included Cyber-bullying victimization rates, ranged from 5.5% to 70% with the average being 24.4%. Their studies also shown the percent of youth who responded to their surveys have experienced this type of bullying at some point in their lifetime, at rates ranging from 18.8% to 40.6% with the average being 27.3%.” The deviations are limitless! However, much of the variations in these studies can be explained by the approach used. Cyber-bullying usually takes place as a result of prejudice or prejudgments towards the individual’s sexual orientation, age, race, cultural or religious background, appearance, physical or mental disability, or socioeconomic position.
Despite joint efforts to teach teenagers about cyber-safety, they can still become victims of Cyber-bullying. What can be done to eliminate this type of Internet crime? First, we must understand what the definition of Cyber-bullying is and how to recognize it. Then, after you have explained to your teens about the dangers of the Internet, you should also let them know that they will not be punished for being a victim of Internet bullying. Always deal with Cyber-bullying as soon as it happens, never ignore it. Report it to the appropriate agency; for instance if the incident happens at school, report it to the principal or administrator of the school; if the incident happens while your teen is at home on the Internet, report to the administrator of your Internet service. If this kind of bullying includes threats of physical violence, or is done by an anonymous individual, report it to the local police. The police can track down who is committing the act.
If you or someone you know has been or is currently the victim of Cyber-bullying, you should contact the National Cyber Alert System, which is sponsored by the United States Department of Homeland Security, they can be contacted at (888) 282-0870. Individuals are also encouraged to contact the National Crime Prevention Council at (202) 466-6272. Remember that Cyber-bullying is a crime. No one deserves to undergo any kind of abuse and needs to be eliminated. If we join forces we can prevent Cyber-bullying and eliminate it once and for all.
Jessie Snyder, 39 is a freelance writer for various websites, a poet, an author of three books: “TRUE INSPIRATIONS OF THE HEART” “SLEEPING WITH THE ANGELS–A STORY OF COURAGE” and “THE SKY IS THE LIMIT–TO ACHIEVING DREAMS”, a college student and an entrepreneur. Jessie is the owner and CEO of two Internet based businesses DeLicia Jeezes Media Promotions and True Inspirations Writing Professionals. She has been HIV positive for 25 years and had full-blown AIDS for 18 years, Yet, she is healthier than I have ever been her my life. Despite all the adversities and tragedies that she has endured, she has been able to keep a positive attitude and an optimistic outlook on life.