Cyber Bullying
Consequences of
Cyber Bullying

Impact of Cyber Bullying

Long-term psychological harm on victims:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • School failure
  • School avoidance
  • Suicide and school violence
  • Lack social confidence
  • Tend to cry easily,
  • Experience loneliness
  • Have difficulty defending themselves from an attack
  • Impulsivity and hyperactivity

 

Negative Impacts of Cyber Bullying

  • Bullying can be harsher as people feel free to say things online that they would not say in person (National Crime Prevention Council, 2009).
  • The power of written words (Campbell, 2005) – when bullies abuse verbally, the victim might not remember every word. However, in the case of emails and text, chat rooms and websites, the victim can read what the bully has said over and over again (Campbell, 2005).
  • Cyber Bullying can be anonymous. Cyber Bullies often use false identity online. Not knowing who is responsible for the bullying messages can add to a victim’s sense of insecurity (National Crime Prevention Council, 2009).
  • There is a potential for a much wider audience to be aware of the incident than in schoolyard bullying (Campbell, 2005). Therefore, the negative impact can be even more far-reaching than that of traditional bullying.
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