As social media use grows in younger generations, so does cyberbullying. Not only can someone bully you in person, but also behind a computer screen. Cyberbullying happens throughout all social media networks from blogging to chat rooms to Facebook profiles. Cyberbullying is not something to be taken lightly. Here are the top 7 things to consider when trying to understand cyberbullying in the social media world.
It’s long been debated that bullies lack a sense of morals. When it comes to cyberbullying, a victim may feel that disengagement of morals much more. This article considers how online context may enable and facilitate moral disengagement all together.
The more a child participates in social media networks the more likely they are to experience cyberbullying. Likewise, the more often a child shares their passwords the more likely they are to be cyberbullied.
If a child is a bully in a social face-to-face setting, they are more likely to also be a cyberbully. This also pertains to victims. If a child is a victim to bullying in the traditional sense, they are more likely to be bullied on social media.
When a child is bullied via social media or the internet, they have a difficult time telling their parents or teachers because they are afraid of how they will react. Will the adult take away their social media privileges?
Children and young adults with involvement in cyberbullying as a bully/victim has increased odds of depression. Those involved as a bully had increased odds for both depression and alcohol abuse.
Cyberbullies lack empathy towards their victims, especially because they cannot see them face-to-face. However, cyberbullies are also more afraid of becoming victims of cyberbullying themselves.
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