Cyber Bullying is a Major Problem in the Internet Age
Cyber abuse is the most prominent threat facing online users across the globe. It refers to the use of internet and other telecommunication devices to stalk, threaten, or harass a person. Online abuse covers more than the mere annoyance caused by unsolicited email. It’s premeditated, obstinate, and wary. Communications don’t come after the affected party has asked the sender to stop. The unwanted contents are always filled with disturbing and sometimes inappropriate content. In extension, online abuse is an extension of the physical form of bullying.
A rigorous, thorough, and weighty report released in 2016 by the cyberbullying research center discusses the effects of this practice in depth. 33 % of students aged between 12-17yrs are victims of online abuse. Conversely, 11.5% of students indicated that they had been a part of cyberbullying in their lifetime. Unlike the traditional bullying, cyberbullying is more dangerous as it happens 24/7. Victim-wise, it has no escape. It’s not limited to schools or a given playground. With kids mainly connecting through social media, there is no option for them to go offline.
The only thing that an online bully needs for the abuse is access to the internet through a computer. With vast amounts of personal information available through the internet, getting the details of a given user is as easy as a mouse click or keystroke away. Information is about power and individuals who engage in online abuse are all about abusing power and control. On the internet, security is limited.
Turning a computer on can expose anyone to cyberbullying. Anyone who uses the internet is susceptible to online abuse regardless of his or her age or gender. Vulnerability increases in spaces where internet users interact most with others. These include social media, internet chat lines, message groups, newsgroups, and other platforms where users post information back and forth.
Online abusers always use the internet to attack their unsuspecting victims. They then use the information acquired to send you unsolicited email, obscene pictures or videos or threatening information. In live chat rooms, the abuser can directly abuse you or use electronic sabotage. Electronic sabotage involves flooding the internet with information about their intended victim to disrupt their communications.
In newsgroups, online abusers can start rumors about their victims and have them spread through the bulletins. Additionally, online abusers can set up fake accounts through their victim’s name and use solicitations and fictitious information to victimize their subject. Online abuse is a process that takes place over a period and involves attempts that can cause distress to the victim.
Cyberbullying and child exploitation
From our website, we’ve identified a cycle where online predators attack young victims. They force them into taking explicit photos that they send online. This leads to harassment and bullying from strangers and peers. Finally, such victims suffer from depression, engage in self-harm and might end up committing suicide.
As with other forms of abuse, the most terror through online abuse is the facelessness it brings to a victim’s life. The internet acts as the electronic curtain through which monsters hide as they terrorize victims at home and work. Online abusers can be anyone from a former lover, a workmate, and neighbor, someone across the street or someone that the victim doesn’t even know. The inability to identify the source of the abuse is the most ominous aspect of cyber harassment.
The fact that online abuse may not involve physical may create a perception that it is less life threatening. However, cyberstalking is as much dangerous as physical abuse. The psychological effects brought about by online abuse are real even with the absence of physical contact. It destroys a victim’s peace of mind.
Online abuse presents emotional, psychological, and physical trauma to the victim who may experience:
• Suicidal thoughts
Online abuse leads to increased suicidal thoughts. Individuals tormented through text messages, emails, and calls may end up feeling hopeless. They think about suicide as their only way of escaping the pain. If you suspect that a person close to you is being harassed online, don’t ignore their concerns. Regular monitoring is one of the best ways to ensure they remain confident. Getting your child evaluated by a health practitioner can help reduce suicidal thoughts.
• Sleep disorders
When individuals are bullied, they may experience physiological complications such as stomachaches, headaches amongst other symptoms. Kids who experience online abuse may start binge eating or lose interest in food, and they are likely to experience insomnia. They are also likely to have problems concentrating.
• Feeling exposed
As cyber abuse occurs online, the bullying may seem to cause a permanent effect. Most people live in the fear that when something has gone online, it will always be there. When abuse occurs, photos, videos, and messages can be shared by a multitude of people. The number of people with knowledge about the personal details of a person can lead to feelings of humiliation.
• Increased stress levels
Victims of online abuse can succumb to stress, anxiety, and depression. The depression occurs since cyberbullying erodes the self-esteem of the victim. The increased stress levels erode feelings of contentment thus leaving them feeling unhappy and discontented.
• Sense of loss of personal safety
Victims of online abuse experience trouble in feeling safe. This feeling develops since the abuser can invade their computer at any moment. Victims have no place to escape. Since most bullies are anonymous, a victim may experience escalated feelings of fear. Cyber abusers can cause immensely ruin to your reputation.
The negative information can affect you or someone close to you negatively and make you feel as if the damage is permanent. However, you should not panic; there are numerous tactics that our company can apply to ensure that all your unwanted content is removed from the internet.
Since the inception of our company, we have encountered content removal services to most of the content defamation issues caused by cyber abusers. These problems have enabled us to develop the most effective solutions to repair the reputations of cyber victims. We are an agency that works hard to locate online information that may be used maliciously against you. Contact us today on 1300 GET RID and stay safe on the internet.