By Ghadah Alhazzaa @__ghadah___
Adults and teenagers nowadays spend the majority of their time on social media platforms. From Instagram to Facebook, social media outlets are more than ever. Cyberbullying is a very common issue nowadays. According to stop bullying.gov “Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites”. This type of bullying can cause significant emotional distress to people. It can lead to depression and in some cases suicide. Unlike the normal bullying, cyberbullying is posted online for everyone to see. The person targeted tends to feel vulnerable and useless. Many teenagers have committed suicide due to this hateful act. Megan Meier Foundation reported that Approximately 43% of the students report experiencing cyberbullying during their lifetime. Brandy Vela, a teenager from Texas took her own life after being bullied via text application and Facebook. This is only one example of what teenagers are dealing with in this digital age. Most of cyberbullies or what some might refer to them as “Trolls,” think that what they are doing is funny. They don’t realize the affect and harm they are causing to others and their families. Cyberbullying not only attacks one’s character, it also affect their families.
This harmful behavior can be avoided if parents paid more attention to what their kids are doing online. Monitoring their social media accounts at an early age is a must. StopBullying.gov points out the important of establishing rules when it comes to cellphone and online use. It also advices parents to educate their children on the significant affect that social media can have on them if they post embarrassing content. I personally think that having a public account can lead to cyberbullying because you are exposing yourself to others that are not in your family and friends circle. We might be able to handle it as adults; however, teenagers and young adults should be monitored by their parents to be safe.
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