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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