By Jessica De Soto
Perhaps cyber-bullying remains an issue on campus. It’s repeatedly a form of abusive communication which is not often seen or heard. It gets overlooked, probably because college students are older and do not tell many people what is going on, or they keep it to themselves because they feel they can handle it.
With all this new age technology at our finger tips, it could be a big problem. It tends to latch onto students who are technology savvy, which becomes an attack mechanism toward the weak.
Cyber-bullying can be defined as an action that uses information and communication technologies to support hostile behavior by an individual or group that is intended to harm others. Examples of what constitutes cyber-bullying include communications that seek to intimidate, control, manipulate, put down, falsely discredit or humiliate the recipient.
It can also be done through the Internet services and mobile technologies.
Mark Taylor, director of College Advancement, Public Affairs and Governmental Relations said, “Although it is not possible to eliminate cyber-bullying exclusively by using technology, it could possibly be abolished through education and appropriate responses. The results of cyber bullying can be suicide, eating disorders, killings and other harmful actions.”
To overcome, you can speak with other students, as well as teachers and school administrators, to develop rules against cyber-bullying and raise awareness of the problem in your community by sponsoring an assembly and creating fliers to give to younger children and or parents.
Don’t forget that even though you can’t see a cyber-bully or the bully’s victim, cyber-bullying causes real problems. If you wouldn’t say it in person, don’t say it online. Delete cyber-bullying. Don’t write it. Don’t forward it.
Taylor said, “The Internet is accessed by millions of people all over the world, not just your friends and family. While many Internet users are friendly, some may want to hurt you.”