Lasting Emotional Effects of Cyber Bullying

The emotional impact of cyber bullying is one of epic proportion. Children are committing suicide because of this bullying (not only due to cyber bullying, but bullying in general). Cyber bullying is described as “willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices. Cyber bullying therefore involves harassment or mistreatment carried out by the offender against a victim who is physically distant” (Hinduja & Patchin, 2009). Research has shown that males tend to feel angry and vengeful while females normally feel depressed and feelings of self-pity (Hinduja & Patchin, 2009). Between males and females, females routinely feel more frustrated, angry and sad, where more males than females were not bothered at all (Hinduja & Patchin, 2009). Leviticus 19:18 “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord”. Our children should know this so that bullying doesn’t happen in the first place. The emotional damage from cyber bullying is not easily dismissed; it can be permanently damaging to a child’s psyche.

Hinduja, S., & Patchin, J. W. (2009). Emotional and Psychological Consequences. Retrieved from Cyber Bullying Research Center: http://www.cyberbullying.us

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  1. field0121 says:

    Hello Darby,
    Many would certainly agree with your mentioned affects of cyber-bullying. However, the question that lies with me is “What can be done to counteract the effects of cyber-bullying?” According to Baird (2010), the most effective measures to combating the effects of cyber-bullying is loving parental support and keeping an open line of communication with your children. In addition, Baird states that teaching your children individual self-control will aid in the development of healthy coping skills (para 13, 15).

    Blessings,
    Jeremy

    Reference

    Baird, A. (2010). Best defense against cyber bullies. Information retrieved from http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/best-defenses-cyber-bullies/

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