DEALING WITH CYBERBULLYING

DEALING WITH CYBERBULLYING

August 12, 2020 1 By Jack Nthigah

We all have seen scenarios online where victims fall in the hands of cyberbullies and many end up broken with a ruined reputation.

www.stopbullying.gov defines cyber-bullying as ” bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior.”

A story is told of a man based in Rongai who found himself in hot soup after he went about insulting a university student unprintable insults after a failed blackmail attempt and unsuccessfully soliciting intimacy from the student. The traumatized student consulted her lawyer and filed a criminal complaint against the suspect. In what was likely to be a national case attracting women rights advocacy organizations such as FIDA, this case was certainly going to generate a lot of interest.

The suspect was released on police bond pending formal arraignment in Court. This is an important case which should serve as a warning to morally bankrupt netizens with no respect.

“Computers and the Internet have made our lives easier in many ways, it is unfortunate that people also use these technologies to take advantage of others. Therefore, it is smart to protect yourself by using antivirus and spyware blocking software and being careful where you enter your personal information” says TechTerms

Cyberbulling affects the victims everyday lives and is a constant source of distress and worry. Their self esteem tends to cease due to the fact that these bullies are mostly thorough and know where to hit. The fact that many just close their social media accounts doesn’t demean the fact that the effects have already been instilled in them and hard to let go. Most victims end up commiting suicide while others quit careers,all caused by these ruthless online scums.

It’s about time we all think twice before reacting to someone’s post or pictures etc. Cyberbulling should not be ignored as many of us do. Feel free to report to the nearest local authority. We all must all join hands together to stop cyberbulling!