Bullying. It happens everywhere. It happens in schools, in families, in the workplace, even randomly on the streets. But it also exists online, and unlike real life, you can't always see your victims. Just because you can't see them, it doesn't mean the victim isn't there! Cyber bullying can create a mob mentality, where ganging up on someone seems fun and the damage can be shared everywhere with the click of a mouse. And unfortunately, the Internet doesn't come back and your actions online can come back to haunt you down the road. Some facts about cyber bullying:

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Cyber bullying is

  • Using communication technologies to support deliberate, hostile and often repeated hostile behavior to individuals or groups to cause harm
  • Using the internet, cell phones and other devices to use or post text and/or images to hurt or embarrass someone else
  • Disclosing personal data about someone else
  • Posting rumors or gossip to cause harm to someone else

Cyber bullying can lead to

  • Anxiety online
  • Low self esteem
  • Violence
  • Despair/hopelessness
  • Depression
  • Self harm
  • Suicide

Here are some statistics that will open your eyes via i-Safe:

There are many issues, as you can see. But the more you know, the more you'll realize how important it is to be kind online, and be the change.