We live in a world full of technology, this can lead us down very different roads. *A lot of times we are on the road of peace and happiness but sometimes we take an unexpected detour down the road of cyber-bullying. *Cyber-bullying is when the internet, cell phones or other devices are used to send or post messages (or even pictures/video) intended to hurt or embarrass another person. *Cyber-bullying can even be as simple as continuing to send e-mails to someone that has said they don't want to talk anymore. *In the worst of cases, it may also include threats, sexual remarks, racist comments, ganging up on one person by ridiculing them in forums, and posting slanderous statements to embarrass or humiliate someone. *Cyber-bullies are not just teenagers, even kids as young as 7 have been accused of it.
Statistics show that 42% of kids have been cyber-bullied; One in four of them reported that they've been bullied more than once. *In the last two years alone bullycide has claimed the lives of four students in the same Ohio school district.
Bullycide is a suicide motivated by the torment of bullies.
Suicide won't solve any problems, if you or someone you know is being bullied, find the nearest person in charge and tell them (for this website, that's The_Hokage or any of the moderators). *Don't be afraid to tell someone about it, you're not the only one being bullied and asking for help does not mean you're a wimp. *If you are feeling the pain of being bullied you need to tell someone immediately!
Cyber-bullying is no different than any other form of bullying, it is just as wrong as bullying someone in person. *Some of the people that can help you with bullies are your parents, a teacher, your school's principal, or a police officer.
Please don't become a bullycide statistic!
Here are some great resources to help with cyber-bullying:
I'd also like to take the time to allow anyone to come forward and tell their cyber-bully experiences (if you're comfortable with doing that). *Tell us if you've ever been bullied and what you did to solve the problem.