Cyberbullying on Social Media

The internet is an enormous space. It is basically a whole new world having everything that you can think of. For the most part, it’s good. But there is always the other side of the coin which we don’t talk about very often. One such critical problem that persists on the internet is cyberbullying. And today I will be talking about it.

But before I proceed any further, let me introduce myself. My name is Masum, a passionate blogger from Bangladesh (don’t know about this country? Google it). This is my first post on Renard’s World. I thank Renard for giving me the chance to contribute to his awesome blog. I feel really honoured to get this opportunity.

What Actually Is Cyberbullying?

We all know what bullying is. When someone abuses a person, behaves aggressively for no reason, or in extreme cases beats up – all of these falls under the definition of bullying. But these do not necessarily have to be in person. It’s possible to bully others from distance too, thanks to the easy availability of the internet and smartphones. And this is what we call cyberbullying.

But we need to be more careful while defining bullying, as it varies from person to person. What seems like a normal thing to you might be considered bullying from the perspective of a person with weaker resistance or a different race.

Let me explain. Suppose, someone on the internet is arguing with you for some reason, and out of nowhere uses some bad words. You are a strong person with a bold mentality. You might just ignore this person and be on your way. But consider the same happening with someone who gets upset very easily. Even the slightest abuse might hurt them. And thus from their perspective, THIS IS BULLYING.

This is why I think we need to modify the definition of cyberbullying. Let’s just say, any words, comments, messages or any such action that hurt another’s sentiment should be considered bullying. Things have to be considered from the receiver’s end. The effects of the action are what matters most, no matter how small the action was.

Role of Social Media

As I said before, most part of cyberbullying happens on social media. Recently a survey was conducted on 506 internet users where they were asked – “Where do you think cyberbullying mainly occurs?”. More than 23% of the participants answered Facebook, 21% Instagram, 10% Snapchat and 14% said Twitter.

These data reflect what we see in reality as well. I mean no one gets abused or bullied in email or in the WordPress comment section! On the other hand, most of the time you were abused, you will recall it was either in your Messenger, or Facebook comment section, or Twitter or other such social media platforms.

There is no denying that the high popularity of social media has contributed significantly to the rise of the bullying rate. But why?

  • Firstly, social media are the places where you can interact with strangers from all over the world. And bully mostly comes from strangers.
  • Secondly, in social media there are enough chances to remain completely anonymous. Thus anyone can actually bully others without revealing their identity. This highly encourages bullying, as they are almost sure that they won’t be punished for what they did.
  • And thirdly, most social media users are teens and underaged. The majority of them are not matured enough to respect others. They don’t know how to behave. Thus trolling others for no valid reason is not unethical to them.

Having said these, there are other reasons as well behind the aggressive behaviour of humans on the internet. Even grown-ups sometimes behave irrationally when they get angry. Whatever be the reasons, it’s high time we raise our voice against this crime.

Yes, I called it a crime. Hindering the mental peace of a person is and should be considered a crime. And anyone who does this should be made known that what they did is NOT RIGHT!

What Can Be Done to Stop Cyberbullying?

While the bullies should be stopped and brought to justice, prevention is always better than cure. So what can you do to avoid being bullied in the first place?

  • Well, you can make our social media accounts private, for a starter. This will stop others from impersonating you, make fake accounts and then harass you.
  • Be careful what you share, how much you share, and with whom you share on the internet.
  • Avoid connecting (accepting message requests, friend requests, etc.) with strangers on social media. At first, this might look like a harmless thing, but in the long run, it can and will come back at you.
  • Don’t let the underaged members of your family use social media. In case they do, make sure to educate them properly. Teach them what is OK and what is not.
  • Start the change with yourself. Think twice before you say something to others on the internet. Will your words hurt them? Is there any chance that the other person could be offended by you? Click the “send” button only when you’re sure that the answer to this question is “NO”.

Final Thoughts

Cyberbullying SHOULD NOT be tolerated, in any situation. It can only be fully stopped if we take action against it. So next time you see someone bullying anyone, speak up, report it! Individually it won’t be much, but when enough of us raise our voice against them, they will be forced to back off. Together we can make the internet a better place.

Finally, I would like to know about your experience with cyberbullying. Have you ever been bullied online? If yes, what were the impacts it had on you? Feel free to share your stories in the comment section. I would love to discuss it further.

If you have enjoyed this article, check out my other posts on my personal blog site Ulta Palta Blogs. Thank you for participating in the discussion.

About the guest author:

Masum is a multitalented gentleman from Bangladesh. He loves photography, sports, travelling and blogging.

Masum’s informative blog is called, Ulta Palta Blogs.

Published by Masum

I am an enthusiastic content creator from Bangladesh, with a genuine passion for writing. I write about Sports, Photography, Blogging and many other topics at Ulta Palta Blogs, my personal blogsite.

26 thoughts on “Cyberbullying on Social Media

  1. 🙂 Thank you for an enlightening guest post, Masum.

    Unfortunately, cyberbullying is a reality; it happens online on a daily basis.

    You are absolutely right about not giving out too much personal information about ourselves on social media.

    There is an old saying that states, “Choose your friends wisely!”

    Are we choosing our virtual friends wisely by knowing nothing about them?

    The answer to that question is of course, “No!”

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  2. Thank you for your excellent and much-needed article. Cyberbullying is the dark side of the internet and can cause serious mental stress. I consider myself fortunate to not have experienced cyberbullying, however, I’ve had my share of flirtatious teasers (mainly from one source and not WordPress). I don’t respond but I report the incident and block them. I agree with Renard we must choose our friends wisely. Of course, getting to know virtual friends is more difficult and my rule of thumb is to google them. You would be surprised at what you can find out.

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    1. As of my experience, wordpress community is one of the best and polite cyber community on the internet. And I really liked the idea of googling before adding someone on friend list. It’s an unique idea and should be implemented.

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    1. Thank you for being with me in my first article here. I felt the urgency of talking about cyber bullying because among all countries, cyber bullying is more common in Indian sub-continent.

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  3. I believe that this is a very serious problem that never gets the attention it needs. Shame on these people, who do they really believe they are… When you read about teens killing themselves because of this, the bullies need to be tracked down and imprisoned in my opinion.

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    1. The problem is, cyber bullying is a rather new problem. It has emerged in the last decade or so. And today, it’s even more common than real life bullying. It’s high time new laws are passed to bring those culprits under justice. Thank you for expressing your opinion John!

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  4. I can understand your intent; it makes sense to a degree, even a great degree. (People are, as you say, very different.) However, I spent years visiting a blog by someone I thought shared my faith (to a large extent… while that’s never a hundred percent); there was another (similar) guest who was there as much as I was (while a number of other visitors trailed away over time). I began to be blocked when it was clear I wasn’t racist. The blog owner created a look of outrage toward my not being racist. He’d stacked up a lot of baseless accusations against people unlike himself, then shared a link with a video clip. There was a claim that the sound was a violent chant. What the people were saying wasn’t clear, so we were supposed to take the claim on someone’s word. This was basically gossip. From the context before the chant started, I sensed there was not a violent impetus. The claim was unlikely. I found out the next day (through careful searching based on what I could hear in the clip) that the chant was quite different (not violent and, rather, very reasonable), and I shared an article from a news site the owner of the blog had previously indicated he respected. I thought he would appreciate knowing the truth of the matter. But he didn’t. I don’t think there’s a way to have known I was interacting with a straight up racist who loathed facts — but claimed he was basing his reaction on “facts and not feelings” before he made a set of accusations out of the blue against me and didn’t let me respond. Later (in a separate conversation), he and the other regular guest agreed with each other that trying to anticipate what might effect others in any particular way is the penultimate display of arrogance; the two of them wouldn’t agree with you at all.

    This affects me, or I react to it, in a number of ways. I’m sad that many people of faith are so hatefully impervious to reality. I consider it bullying (using that word now after reading your post), while I earlier saw it as dishonesty and abusiveness and harmful to the reputation of faith. It’s so extreme, what he (and the two of them) did that it’s hard to believe he actually adheres to the idea of truth or that they see God as real. I know I am including a facet of consideration you didn’t bring up, but it’s a heightened example of people being overly “sensitive” (if that’s really the word for it). They are readily triggered by not easily accomplishing their efforts to spread bigotry and a rush to judgment with a particular bent (they can discern that there shouldn’t be a rush to judgment against people like themselves… white people get to be “innocent” until there is solid evidence or a trial proving them guilty). The racism was more important than the supposed similarities of faith, or their corner of religious fervor includes prejudice as integral to what they’re all about. The idea, with people of deeply-held devotion, has long been to persist and interact without tiring. And, again, the supposed goals involve truth. In the end, I guess we both feel hurt. But there I go being empathetic (or imagining I am) when he may have no sense of being hurt, only bitterness for not infecting the mind of a reader with his agenda without any solid response. It became clear he was a liar who either doesn’t care about truth or had a different definition of truth: like “truth” is a list of things to insist on even in the observable world regardless of evidence. He used the word “censored” of what was happening to him when he could obviously say whatever he wanted.

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    1. I am truly sorry that you had to go through such situation. I don’t understand why would anyone behave in such way to a person who is trying to be “not racist”. But then again, I came to meet some racist person from time to time, and almost all of them were blinded by what they believe. Their eyes are ruined, and they don’t see any further than they believe. And when you are interacting with this type of people, I think you should keep in mind that they are not in sound mind. And not everything they say should be heard. Some things are better to kept ignored, for ensuring the peace of your own mind.

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  5. Welcome ✌️

    Good post.

    I have a Facebook – but I haven’t used or logged on in over a year… I love life without it ❤️❤️ I stay away from all the other social media you spoke of.

    The only one I love – is this one right here ❤️✌️

    The rest are way too harsh. This one is just right and also positive and supportive ❤️

    Is good to bring light to issues that hurt others. ✌️

    Social media 🤔… it has the bullying but I also feel it is too invasive in general – just not my thing. Life is amazing without it ❤️

    My friends and family want me to come back… but I have hard time… cause I don’t want to ✌️

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    1. This is great to hear! I believe social medias should be avoided as much as we can. They should only be used when it’s needed. Like checking out on your distant friends once in a while. And about the WordPress community, this is the best and most supportive community I’ve come across in my whole internet life (14 years). This is why I am starting to spend more time on the blogosphere, and less on social medias. I hope you’re having a great time in your life too!

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