As communication technology continues to advance, people become increasingly connected through the web and social media. 95% of teens are connected to the internet, and 85% are social media users. While there are many benefits to our high levels of connectedness via social media, there is also a dark side: cyberbullying.
Cyberbullying is bullying that occurs through communication technology. There are endless avenues for a bullying to reach a target: group text, other messaging apps, Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, online gaming and far more. Youths who experience cyberbullying have a higher risk of developing social anxiety or depression, having suicidal thoughts, self-harming, developing eating disorders and performing poorly in school.
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, young people have looked to social media even more to keep them connected, increasing the opportunity for cyberbullying. Since opportunities for cyberbullying are only increasing, it is important that we understand the different types of cyberbullying and ways to combat it.
The strongest classifier of cyberbullying is hurtful language.
Getting away from cyberbullying isn’t as simple as just turning of your phone or creating new accounts on social media. Just like any other bullying, it needs to be taken seriously and combated at its source.
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