CRUELTY OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
Cruelty of the social media world is real! Cyberbullying is real but becomes super real, relevant and scary when it hits home as it did this past weekend for us.
On Sunday I got a glimpse of its horrors. I posted the picture below onto my TikTok page thinking it was a beautiful moment captured of my modern family. Make no mistake, I’m under no illusion, that although our family structure is accepted by some, sadly not by all. However, it doesn’t warrant the hate that was spewed on the comments of this post (currently switched off) by these individuals who continue to hide behind private profiles or pretend to be someone they are not! Oh, how I wanted to respond before I reported the racist and homophobic comments or blocked them, but that would merely have fuelled the cowards behind their keyboards to continue with the malice.
CYBERBULLYING comes in many forms, sent electronically in an attempt to intimidate or threaten the recipient…
the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.“children may be reluctant to admit to being the victims of cyberbullying”
It’s 2021 and CYBERBULLYING remains a growing problem. Globally #CYBERBULLYING awareness is at 75%, one-quarter of adults have never heard of it. Sweden and Italy have the highest awareness rating at 91%. The bulk of the cyberbullying takes place in Latin America 76%, MEA is in fourth place at 61%.
The audacity, 87% of cyberbullies believe it’s easy to get away with it?! Wtf! Why stop?!
Social media companies need to be more proactive in combating cyberbullying and put in place more stringent processes to detect and stop bullying early. Governments too should put in place regulation encouraging citizens to report cyberbullying in an effort to keep the internet safe for all. Social networks have been highlighted as the breeding ground for cyberbullying.
- 65% of kids who experience cyberbullying experience this harassing behaviour on social networks
- 45% experience cyberbullying on mobile devices
- 38% on online messaging
- 34% on online chat rooms
- 19% on email
- 20% of teens have engaged in sending sexually suggestive messages via email or text to people who never asked for them
Kids in the age groups below are experiencing cyberbullying and their parents are not always aware! As parents, it’s important that we encourage our kids to communicate with us openly without fear of being reprimanded but with the understanding that they will be heard and assisted!
- 11-12 years (9%)
- 13 -15-years (21%)
- 16 – 17 years (16%)
- 18 – 20 years (12%)
- 21 years and older (9%)
If CyberBullying persists, more innocent lives will be lost.
INDICATIONS THAT YOUR CHILD COULD BE A VICTIM OF CYBERBULLYING
- unexpectedly stop using their electronic devices
- appearing nervous when using their devices
- refusing to attend school or go outside
- quick to anger, depressed or sad
- oversleep or struggling to sleep
- making suicidal statements
- increase or decrease in eating
- IPSOS: Cyberbullying – A Global Advisor Survey