London, UK (PRWEB) July 23, 2014
Lately, cyber bullying has become an international phenomenon that has sadly resulted in many teens and youth taking their lives to escape it. While the decision to take one’s life is ultimately that of the individual, there are still many things that can be done to help prevent cyber bullying suicide, all explored in NoBullying’s article, released today.
As for suicide statistics, at least nine teenage suicides in the U.S. were linked to cyber bullying in the year 2013 alone.
In many ways, cyber bullying is more psychologically damaging than in-person bullying. The simple reason is anonymity and a sense of an easy escape. The truth is, most internet users of all ages have said things online at one point or another that they never would say to someone’s face in “real life.”
Another fact is a tendency by teens to create fake online profiles to conceal their identities while making nasty comments to others. And of course, there are still many who are not afraid to say certain phrases under their real names, some might realize they are bullies and others believe they are just saying the truth.
While suicide rates have actually decreased over 28 percent in young people in general, upward trends have been noted in the 10 to 19 age group. And according to recent studies, youth who were shown to be at greater risk for suicide were also those who experienced repeated cyber bullying.
The numbers and surveys show that both girls and boys are likely to experience cyber bullying. Also, Cyber bullying has been reported among teens of all racial backgrounds and socioeconomic classes with over 50 percent of teens experiencing cyber bullying regularly.
The worrying fact is that only one in 10 teen cyber bullying victims tell their parents or teachers or an adult in general, in other words, there are 9 others facing the horrific experience of cyber bullying alone.
The time to take action is now. Whether one’s teen is the bully or the victim (and again, it is very possible they could be both), it’s time to talk with them about this serious issue and start paying closer attention to their online activities. Let them know that bullying of any kind is never accepted regardless of the motive or the peer pressure associated with it.
Macartan Mulligan, Co-Founder of NoBullying.com, said “Bullying isn’t just hitting someone in the schoolyard, sometimes bullying can be in the form of an anonymous person behind a computer screen saying hateful depressing things. Cyber Bullying Suicide is a real thing and it is taking more lives every day.”
He added that parents and teachers should make a point to educate the younger generations about the sad outcome of bullying online and offline. According to Mulligan, it is quite imperative to press for more firm laws condemning all acts of bullying and harassment.
NoBullying.com features many pages dedicated to parents, teens, teachers, health professionals as well as posts related to cyber safety and the latest news about law making concerning curbing Bullying worldwide as well as inspirational Bullying Poems and famous Bullying Quotes.
The website regularly updates its bullying statistics and cyber bullying statistics as it is essential to understand how widespread the bullying epidemic is. It also regularly runs cyber bullying surveys and questionnaires to get recent updated statistics on everything related to cyberbullying.
He also added that anyone suffering from bullying in any form or way can always find advice and help on the NoBullying website – but if anyone is suffering from severe bullying or cyber bullying, the best thing is to talk to someone locally – a parent, teacher or local organization that has been set up to help with specialized councilors to deal with this topic.