According to RCMP-grc.gc.ca “cyberbullying involves the use of communication technologies such as the Internet, social networking sites, websites, email, text messaging and instant messaging to repeatedly intimidate or harass others”.
Unlike traditional forms of bullying, cyberbullying follows its victims everywhere. With close to 3 billion global Internet users, it’s extremely difficult to remove items online once it has been published. The content will always exist somewhere on the Internet, making its sufferers not even safe in their own homes.
This can have long lasting traumatizing affects on both the bullied and the bullies.
Culprits often abuse substances, have low self-esteem, engage in gang and other criminal activities, and usually have been bullied before. Those on the receiving end often suffer academically and socially, have health related problems related to stress, engaging in aggressive behavior, and often contemplate or have attempted suicide.
Words are powerful, words are impactful, words hurt
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