The Realities of Cyber bullying and Its Consequences

Cyber bullying is a pervasive issue in today’s digital age, manifesting in various forms of harassment and intimidation conducted online through social media platforms, messaging apps, and other digital media. Unlike traditional physical bullying, cyber bullying can happen 24/7, invading victims’ safe spaces and leaving them feeling helpless and vulnerable. The anonymity and distance provided by the internet often lead perpetrators to engage in cyber bullying without considering the real-life consequences for their victims. The psychological impact of cyber bullying can be severe, leading to depression, anxiety, and even suicide in extreme cases.

To address this issue, efforts must be made by policymakers, parents, educators, and tech companies to promote digital literacy and create a safer online environment. As part of raising awareness, an opinion poll was conducted among 100 targeted individuals regarding cyber bullying on social media. This survey included questions about the necessity of stricter laws and school programs dedicated to cyber bullying prevention. Distributed via Google Forms and shared through WhatsApp and Instagram, the poll aimed to reduce cyber bullying and support affected victims.

The survey revealed that 64.5% of respondents had either experienced or witnessed cyber bullying, highlighting its prevalence. Additionally, 88.8% agreed that cyber bullying is a widespread problem in today’s digital world. While opinions on stricter laws and punishments were mixed, with some uncertainty, 68.2% believed that social media platforms do enough to prevent cyber bullying.

Furthermore, 77.6% acknowledged the significant impact of cyber bullying on mental health and well-being. The survey also indicated that 72.8% of respondents felt that certain groups are more affected by cyber bullying, particularly minorities and teenagers, due to the anonymity of the internet. Despite a split opinion on the long-term psychological effects, 71.9% agreed that parents should play a more active role in monitoring their children’s online activities to prevent cyber bullying.

Lastly, there was a divided opinion on the availability of support resources for cyber bullying victims, suggesting a need for more targeted interventions. Overall, the findings underscore the urgency of acknowledging cyber bullying and implementing effective measures to mitigate its harmful effects in the digital world.