Consequences of Cyberbullying And how to deal with It

What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is using the internet or online networks to bully others anonymously. This can include gossip, exclusion, impersonation of others to use their accounts to post messages, cyberstalking, flaming (online fights which include hurtful or offensive messages) and trickery.

People vulnerable to Cyberbullying

The most vulnerable people to cyberbullying are:

  • Children and teens
  • All social media users
  • People who are of a different race
  • Disabled people
  • Homosexuals
  • Overweight people
  • People who comes from a low income household

Consequences of being a victim of Cyberbullying

Being cyberbullied can lead to:

  • Depression
  • High levels of anger, frustration, fear or sadness
  • Move schools or quit their job
  • Attempted suicide
  • Violence
  • Abuse of substances

Consequences of being a Cyberbully

Cyberbullying can be a criminal offense resulting in jail time, depending on the severity of the crime. People charged with cyberbullying can face up to ten years in jail but other offenses, like threatening physical harm onto somebody because of their race or sexual orientation, can be imprisoned for up to six months. Cyberstalking which causes the victim to fear their own safety can be an offense which faces five years in jail.

How to deal with Cyberbullying

  • Contact Kids Helpline at 1800 55 1800
  • Tell someone responsible about your problems e.g. Parent, teacher
  • Block the person responsible if possible
  • Save the messages
  • Ignore their comments
  • Report them on the website or even to your phone company. They may be able to send a letter of warning to them

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