Amanda todd a 15-year-old Canadian teenager committed suicide after being bullied by a 35-year-old Netherland national. Cyberbullying or cyberharassment is a form of bullying using electric means and it is also known as online bullying. Amanda and many teenagers have been a victim or experience cyberbullying at some point in their life.

According to cyberbullying research centre, about 4,972 middle and high school students aged between 12 and 17 has been a victim of cyberbullying, data collected in April 2019. 37% experience mean and hateful comments and rumours spread online.

Victims on different platforms, twitter 9% , youtube 10%, WhatsApp 12%, Snapchat 31%, Facebook 37% and Instagram 42%. Cyberbullying tremendously has a negative impact on mental and physical well being.

The victims feel isolated and get aggressive on almost everything, it affects their ability to learn, early age depression may occur and some may take the extreme step of committing suicide. Cyberbullying effects are maybe short term or long term.

Headaches and stomach aches are common in victims. They fear to talk about it because people usually take advantage of other fears. 

National crime prevention council have introduced some preventive measures in which it is included to keep computers is highly trafficked room in the house where online activities are hard for teens o hide. Talk about some of the risk and benefits posed by the internet.

Only 11% of teens talked to parents about incidents of cyberbullying and rest feel ashamed, embarrassed or insulted. 

As an adult it is our responsibility to keep a check and balance on our teenaged siblings, relatives that with whom they communicate on social media. Educators, law enforcement officers and community leaders can help prevent cyberbullying and promote safe and responsible internet use.

If you are a victim then try to reach for help either sharing it with someone you trust or report it to the police or cyber investigating branch online. Stay safe and take care of your loved ones as well.

Submitted by “MARIA AFZAL”