The world I grew up in was very different to today’s world. I would go to school expecting a day of bullying. But I also knew that it would end – that I would come home and be free of it. Lonely but not tormented.

Nowadays, bullying invades homes. On mobile phones, on social media, the four walls are no longer enough to protect children. What a world!

Fortunately, I don’t have any first-hand knowledge of cyberbullying. Not even second-hand. But someone asked me to share this graphic she helped to create, and she’s keen to receive comments and thoughts. I’m doing it because I can’t imagine how awful it would be to never be able to escape the bullies.

That graphic describes the situation in the US. This site gives advice for those in the UK.

Some of us try to make the world a better place, but new challenges keep appearing.

By Miriam Drori

Author, editor, attempter of this thing called life. Social anxiety warrior. Cultivating a Fuji, edition 3, a poignant, humorous and uplifting tale, published with Ocelot Press, January 2023.

7 replies on “Cyberbullying”

In checking out the graphic, the statistics are staggering. I, too, was a kid bullied growing up. Not as bad as I see it in some of the TV shows, but being the four-eyed geek didn’t exactly win me over a ton of friends.

One of the things I’m concerned about is the allowance of access to sources of cyberbullying. Does a teenager have to have a Facebook, MySpace or Social Media account in order to research online or at the library to complete various assignments? is it a requirement that a teenager have a cellular device in order to make it through the day? I get that being a teenager is hard, but if there was a way to remove at least one source of bullying, is there no way for parents – those who are aware since some teens may not say anything – to do so?

cyber bullying is especially vile because it invades the closest part of your personal space. For any teen uncertain of their place in the world (and that would be most teens) it must be utterly devastating.

I can confirm that cyberbullying is alive and well. That’s because the world (I’m afraid) simply has too many people in it these days. The thing that most people are unwilling to look at is that for the most part, people really hate other people that are not in their clicks. The rich detest the poor. Some of the poor detest the poor because they feel they should be among the rich. Beautiful people who have low self-esteem detest ugly people. Skinny people detest fat people. There’s racisms, religion, politics…those are all reasons to hate other people. As resources become harder to come by, bullying and eventually warfare will result.

Cyber bullying is easy because people can do so and be anonymous and log off and go about their lives. We live in a terrible world. True there are some who try to make it better. It just seems thought that they are outnumbered. Some days I feel like Custer fighting his last stand at the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Cyberbullying is an issue that worries so many parents. Parents are concerned that their teens will be cyberbullied…and not tell them. If you are concerned that your children are bullied over their cell phones, download MMGuardian Parental Control FREE. The app lets you monitor certain bullying-related words in your child’s communication so you are not spying but still know that they are safe!

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