The cyberbullying is the use of any method of internet-based media, such as social media to post any picture or message with the hatred intention to humiliate or embarrass another person online. Cyberbullying will not only affect the victims mentally but will later lead to self-inflicted injury or even suicide to the victims.
See “The CyberBullying Virus” video below by Strutt Central to show how the hatred messages being spread among circles of friends which lead to depression and possibly suicide.
The National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center reported that 4,400 young people commit suicide each year, in which cyberbullying is a major cause of suicide among young adulthood.
There are six famous cyberbullying cases compiled by NoBullying.com, which shown that how innovative ways of communication can also cause other negative impacts, in this case, suicides among teenagers.
There are always solutions if you are facing these perpetrators online. The online community can always help by reporting the phrases of cyberbullying as scam or hatred messages so that Facebook will remove such insensitive comments or images.
In the United Kingdom itself, there are also some legal ways that are very useful to report cases of cyberbullying and online harassments, such as:
- Protection from Harassment Act 1997
- Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
- Malicious Communications Act 1988
- Communications Act 2003
- Breach of the Peace (Scotland)
- Defamation Act 2013
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