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'Kids should report social media bullying'

CAMPAIGN: Dame Kelly Holmes, Olympic double Gold Medallist in 2008, at the launch of the Cyber Mentors website. The programme aims to tackle cyber bullying of youngsters using the internet (PA)

BULLYING HAS been a problem for kids for a long time.

First it was something that parents never saw as a big deal until the media started to cover more and more stories of kids who either committed suicide or hurt their abusers badly because of all the mistreatment they endured.

Once the situation became clear enough and people saw the consequences, they started to take this matter seriously. Now that the internet and social media have grown to be such essential parts of our life, the bullying has moved from the school hallways to the Facebook pages.

The best way to explain cyber bullying on Facebook is to talk about the kind of tactics that are being used by people on Facebook. Let’s say that someone is a ‘geek’ and this person who is studying all the time is getting top grades, and then becomes disliked as a kid from their class.

Others then may post a public message between all their contacts saying something like “everyone in class is invited to a party except that idiot John” then everyone sees this and someone else creates another message to further bully the victim by saying “like this message if you think john is an idiot”.

This creates a horrifying chain reaction that makes everyone join in the bullying and they like the comment because they don’t want to be associated with this person to avoid being bullied themselves. Peer pressure perhaps.

It’s a fact that over 40 per cent of kids have been victims of cyber bullying at some point since Facebook became such a popular media. Girls are more likely to be bullied by their friends than boys are, but this doesn’t mean that they are never cyber bullied.

This kind of torment has caused many children to get severely depressed and some of them have even taken it to a terrible extreme this abuse. The biggest problem is that the fact that they are doing this online makes it a lot easier for people who would normally not act as bullies to do it.

If you are a victim of cyber bullying, you need to tell your parents about it and have them talk with your school teachers. Do not feel like you need to handle this on your own and also seek the support of your friends. If they have turned their backs on you, then you can deal with the issues with your family and they will help put a stop top this. You should not feel ashamed of talking to someone about this because it’s not your fault.

If you know someone who is being victimised and bullied on Facebook you should always report the abuse and mark it as spam.

This action will eventually get the abusers to receive warnings on their Facebook accounts and they could be penalised with an extended period of time without being able to post. You can also comment on this malicious posts and support the victim by saying you like that person and they don’t deserve to be treated that way.

The bully that uses Facebook to do this is usually someone who comes from a home where they are either abused or neglected themselves. This is something that these kids will regret at some point in their lives, but it’s your duty to call them out on their mistakes and help them understand that they would feel terrible if someone did this to them.

When you report this abusive behaviour to Facebook they will very likely take the posts down if enough people also report them. The result will be that people are going to think l twice before posting hurtful things online or their accounts could be banned.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. No one has the right to torment you. Report it.

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