Cyberbullying: Is it Really An Issue?

Chyna Anderson

Since the early 2000s, there has been a huge rise in the popularity of the internet. So popular, in fact, that it can be accessed almost anywhere, from televisions to smart devices such as Alexa or Siri. Of course, social media is the most popular internet platform allowing people of all ages to communicate with each other from various places. These include Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Now comes the issue pertaining to bullying. Cyberbullying to be exact. People online usually do not hesitate to lash out on other people whom they barely know. These situations usually end up with hurtful comments or violent threats from said person.

Of course, bullying is a very big problem and should not be tolerated in any way, shape, or form. On the other hand, some people fail to realize that there are a fair amount of solutions to cyberbullying.

Since the majority of us grew up in an era where our feelings get hurt easily, cyberbullying is an effective way to anger multiple people with thin skin.

Many social media sites have certain features that prevent this sort of thing from happening. Here are a list of things you can do if someone is harassing you on the internet.

If someone bullies you via social media you can

  • Unfollow them
  • Block their account
  • Report them
  • Contact an administrator
  • Disable messages
  • Delete your account

If someone is bullying you via email you can

  • Block their messages
  • Report them
  • Mark it as spam
  • Trace their email and report them to an administration
  • Log out

If the bullying persists, and the person is harrassing you from multiple websites, this is no longer bullying. It is now stalking. Stalking is an extremely serious issue and is in fact a crime. If someone is stalking you, contact the authorities immediately.