Unlike traditional bullying, cyber bullying is on a different whole level. Physical violence, social exclusion and verbal taunts are examples of traditional bullying while cyber bullying involves aggressive attack communicated over a cellphone or a computer. Teens who are targets of cyber bullying are at a greater risk of getting depressed.
Depression is a lot of things and has a lot of factors that influence it. I don’t think it has an actual definition as it can occur from isolation, and being in a situation where you are mistrusted to an extreme where everything you do is scrutinised until you feel worthless. One common thing people with depression always go through is the feeling of uselessness and hopelessness. Like they have no purpose in this world, and all the efforts they put into something are useless because someone has made them feel this way.
Due to lack of self-confidence, the feeling of worthlessness and being made to feel as if you are inferior, makes one hurt others so that they would experience the same pain. In this day and age when likes and comments on social media matter so much, and are seen as a form of acceptance, being bullied online may make one feel unaccepted, both in virtual and real life, leading to depression. This is compounded by the fact that due to the interconnection of youth on social media, cyber bullying can turn into real bullying when the victim is seen in person.
What can be done to curb cyber bullying among teens? You can’t change someone until they decide that they want to change themselves. It’s a personal decision. The basic point would be to never make anyone feel inferior or useless.
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