Bullying may it be in physical real life or virtual, this behaviour is to be stopped. Anyone experiencing it should stand up against it and the people who see it happening anywhere must take steps to stop bullying.
Bullying is when someone force, or threat or abuse anyone, physically or torture them mentally by intimidating or humiliating them. It may sometimes be done by a single person or by a group which is called mobbing.
Bullying can develop at any place, but most often it is seen in a school, college, hostel or workplace. There are some cases of home bullying too.
Bullying can be of many types, such as verbal, physical and cyber. It can include physical assault, verbal harassment, or threatening or humiliating someone constantly. This is to be stopped immediately no matter what the place, or who the person is. It is illegal, and is a derogatory action.
Verbal bullying is one of the most common type of bullying. It includes name calling, spreading rumours, threatening, yelling, taunting, mocking, humiliating, laughing at someone, or even making fun insults of someone. Some children or people doesn’t even know that they are being bullied for so much time and was considering it a customary action, because it has been told to them either by their fellow people or the people in the society, that bullying is absolutely normal and they have to deal with it and tolerate it.
All the people who are experiencing any kind of bully, should learn to say ‘No’ . Shout a big ‘No’ to the person who is behaving with you in any inappropriate way. And the people who see these actions happening anywhere, stand against it, and make the person(victim) and the bully aware of their actions and it’s consequences. Tell them that it has legal consequences and can end them up in jail..
Coming to the modern days, the most common type of harassment or bullying that has augmented in this period is cyberbullying.
When a person uses technology to bully someone, it is called cyberbullying. It can be done by using emails, phone calls, text messages, social media instant messages, bad commenting, hate speech, or defaming someone on social platforms such as Facebook or Instagram, creating someone’s fake account, sending inappropriate messages or pictures, posting someone’s private information or pictures without their permission, or even cyberstalking. These all are categorized under cyberbullying.
It has become very common and increased a lot among teenagers and school students, mostly those in the high school.
A research conducted, gave us a shocking number that about 37% of children between the age of 12 and 17 experience bullying and over 14% of students in high school consider suicide due to cyberbullying and 7% out of them commit it.
Isn’t it a horrible thing, that needs to be stopped immediately.
In these conditions how safe you think your child is? If you say that your child have online education, the problem isn’t yet solved completely. Some results report that there is 70% increase in hate speech in online classrooms.
In this situation, we have some preventive measures that can stop cyberbullying to some extent in virtual classrooms, and how we can protect the children. If you’re a parent, or a teacher you must follow these steps against cyberbullying.
• Identifying signs – a teacher needs to be attentive towards any slight signs of bullying. They need to notice any change in the behaviour of any student while engaging with others. Parents should notice if their children are bullying someone. They should pay attention if their child is using devices way too much or have multiple online accounts. While the victim can be identified if they stay depressed or angry, or become reluctant in using cameras or while engaging in the classroom.
• Aware or warning signs – the teacher should give warning signs to all the students about the consequences of cyberbullying and make them aware that it has legal consequences too. The schools must have positive learning environment to prevent such cases from happening. The teachers should also encourage the students to speak up fearlessly if they experience any kind of bully.
• Using tech tools – there are certain LMS solutions that has built-in features to filter certain activities by the students. These tools can allow the teacher to notice any unusual behaviour and notify if someone browse any other site in real time. This helps limit distractions and bullying at the same time. Some tools also allow access to the teacher over the student’s screens to ensure any unusual activity.
Hope, these steps would be followed by many teachers , students and parents to make online learning free from cyberbullying.
Stand up against these activities.
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