Cyber Bullying (D1)

Cyber Bullying is when someone uses an electrical device in order to bully someone. This tends to be committed by a messaging system or done on a wall in which everyone can see, in a threatening manner.

Twitter, Facebook and Ask.FM are the most common forms of social media used for cyber bullying.

Millennials are the most likely targets of cyber bullying as bullying is a common threat for people in the younger generations, therefore it is more than likely for it to carry on online (as almost half of millennials when they were at school experienced bullying (46%)). In 2014, research showed that out of the 75% of millennials who use Facebook, 54% of them had experienced cyber bullying (Gilkerson, 2012).

However, disabled people also face the same problem as 38% of disabled people worry about being bullied online, and many people do target disabled people. For example Katy Price’s son Harvey is a main target for thousands of people daily as they continue to bully him online due to the way he speaks and acts. Despite this, people with disabilities are 20% less likely to be bullied online compared to their peers as they are amongst the group of people who are least likely to use social media.

Children are a big population of those being cyber bullied, as 41% of 7-11 year olds say that they know of someone that has been or is being bullied online, whilst only 8% admit to being bullied online.

Despite the age category, girls are more likely to be a target than boys are with over 56% of girls suffering from cyber bullying.

The reasons as to why many people cyber bully tends to differ on age. For a young person in school, they may do it as they believe it is a way to stay popular among others. They also find it to be a way to feel more powerful, as if making others feel less makes them feel more. Then there are those who do it to boost their own low self-esteem or because they feel by bullying others they may be able to fit in more with those around them.

A large percentage of cyber bullies do it because of the anonymity, therefore they don’t have to face their victims which requires less courage, and is also easier to do. Also due to the fact that they don’t see the other persons reaction, they may believe that what they are doing is OK and isn’t having an impact.

Despite not being able to stop someone from cyber bullying, the victim however does have options. If the victim makes sure that all of their accounts are on private, which means that the only person who would be able to contact them via social media would be people they know. Keeping personal information personal is another way to prevent cyber bullying, as many bullies target their victims by suing personal information, and if they don’t know anything then they can’t say anything.

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