Just because it happens online doesn’t mean it’s any less painful.
According to the Cyberbullying Research Center, about 25 percent of middle and high school students have reported being cyberbullied at some point in their lives. Cyberbullies write insulting social media comments, expose other people’s personal information online, harass their victims through unwanted texts and emails, or engage in some combination of these acts. Although it may seem less dangerous to parents than physical bullying because it happens in the digital realm, cyberbullying can lead to depression, poor academic performance, and in extreme cases, suicide.
That’s why it’s important that people have been sharing a new video by 13-year-old Luke Culhane from Limerick, Ireland, called “Cyber Bullying: Create No Hate.” The video illustrates that although cyberbullying happens on PCs and mobile phones, the emotional cuts and bruises can be just as painful as physical bullying. “I wanted to show that it doesn’t have to be physical bullying to hurt someone, so that’s why I showed the likeness between the two types of bullying,” he told the Irish Examiner.
Crucially, the video provides solutions for people being cyberbullied.
STOP and think before posting something online that might be upsetting to someone.
BLOCK and report the person bullying you.
TELL a parent, guardian, or teacher if you’re being bullied.