Cyberbullying, Me? No, I was JK!

Quince Madrina

Sad girl in room, victim of cyberbullying

So, let’s start by understanding what cyberbullying is. Cyberbullying is when teenagers use the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones to harass, threaten, embarrass or humiliate either with words or pictures. This sounds horrible, right?! Well, we all can get a little carried away with gossip and it might seem harmless.  Truth to be told, gossip is one way of cyberbullying.

Take this quiz and find out if you are cyberbullying:

  • Do you gossip about another teen (She is so fat, did you see what she was wearing?)
  • Have you insulted another teen directly (“You are stupid!”)
  • Have you threatened another teen vaguely (“I’m going to get you!”)
  • Have you threatened another teen with bodily harm. (“I’m going to beat you up!”)
Two girls gossiping

Did you know gossiping online about another teen is a form of cyberbullying?

If you answered yes to any or all of the previous question you are or have been a bully…

You should be careful about what you are putting up on cyberspace.  Remember that anything you post anywhere will remain there forever. Instead of living happily ever after you will be facing an eternal nightmare! Even after years it can be used against you or ruin the opportunities of getting into the college of your choice or your dream job.

In addition to the eternal nightmare you will face, in some states some forms of cyberbullying are criminal. For example:

  • Sending sexually explicit messages or photos
  • Taking a photo or video of someone in a place where he or she would expect privacy
  • Stalking and hate crimes

So what should you do if you face the peer pressure of participating in a bulling act?

  • Tell someone. Your parent, teacher, or another trusted adult.
  • Ignore the request
Young teenager who wants cyberbullying to stop

YOU can make it stop! You won’t be considered a snitch if you tell on someone who is cyberbullying.

Highlight the good side in every human being. According to Marilyn Monroe, “imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

Bottom line, don’t be a bully! Be aware of your actions and remember that there will always be consequences.  Feel free to email us your questions.

 

 

Quince Madrina

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