According to “Canadian Bullying Statistics”, 1 in 3 adolescents report dealing with or encountering bullying, with more males experiencing the harassment compared to females.Bulling involves intimidating, harming, or coercing anyone perceived as weak or vulnerable. You can see, hear, read and feel bullying. It includes physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual abuse or harm.
The prevalence of bullying has only increased with technological advancements, including the popularity of social media. People can hide behind screens and remain anonymous or use pseudonyms to target individuals, attack, demoralize or silently in order to destroy their online identity.
Often these individuals have a fan base who contribute to the cyberbullying and perpetuate the unwarranted hatred through writing, Facebook posts, WeChat, private chat rooms, tweets, Instagram pictures, snapchats, vlogs, and text messages, and other social mediums.
The Causes of Bullying:
Even though the person who does the bullying masquerades as a big, powerful, confident ‘somebody’, the truth is bullies are anything but these things. Rather, they feel small or insignificant, have little or no self-esteem, and are often carrying their own insecurities on their shoulders.
In other words, bullying is often a way for people to distract themselves from their own hurt by placing the hurt on others. They take the negative energy and try to create positive energy with the attention they get from bullying others. The causes of the pain are complex, often misunderstood, and not easily identifiable.
A Sad Case Close to Home
Unfortunately, there is usually no happy ending to the bullying.
Either too much damage has been caused and the victim of the bullying becomes the bully, or lives are taken as a result.
Amanda Todd was a 15-year old Canadian student from Port Coquitlam, BC who took her life as a result of being a cyberbully victim.
For a teenager, chatting online with both friends and strangers is a common and normal occurrence.
However, adolescents are also known to be a socially, emotionally, and sexually vulnerable population who often seek attention through risqué exploits within the online community.
While Amanda Todd believed she was just having innocent fun by exposing herself to a stranger via webcam, her vulnerability was taken advantage of by a deviant who used the images to blackmail her.
She then posted a video on YouTube of her story in the form of flashcards in hopes of receiving help and sympathy. Even though her life could not be saved in time, her video went viral, and the world knew the truth of what had happened to her and the pain that it had caused. Her experience created a platform for a national discussion on criminalizing cyberbullying.
My (Non-Existent) Experience with Bullying