Cyberbullying can be considered as a norm in our society nowadays. Just log on into any of your social media accounts and you will definitely see all these nasty words and comments that are directed to a person or to an organization.
Some people are blatantly embarrassing, harassing and threatening people with their so-called ‘nice comments’ but reality is those are becoming very disturbing to the victims. Plus, researches show that cyberbullying had become a serious problems amongst young people, especially teenagers.
Why is this happening? Is it because of the over-exposure to the technology? Well, I’m not blaming the existence of technology and the internet tho, bless all these innovation that made our life become much more easier. The thing that I’m trying to say is the respective authorities in our country need to establish a legal law where all of these people who initiated cyberbullying should be punished.
It’s not like there are none of cyberbullying cases in Malaysia – there are several cases. Sadly, like I stated above, there are no legal law established for cyberbullying acts.
Cyberbullying is a very significant crime. The victims of cyberbullying always ended up taking their own life.
One of the well-known horrid cases of cyberbullying is the suicide of Amanda Todd.
Amanda Todd was a 15 years old teenager who committed suicide on October 10, 2012 at her home in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada.
On September 7, 2012, Todd posted a video on YouTube called ‘My Story: Struggling, Bullying, Suicide and Self-Harm’.
On that YouTube video of hers, Todd revealed that she showed her breasts on a video chat. She got a message on Facebook from a man. The message said that if Todd did not show more parts of her body then he would post the pictures he had taken of her from the video chat to the Internet. Later on, the police came to her home to tell her that photos of her were sent to “everyone”.
Due to that, Todd then got depression and panic disorder. She started abusing alcohol and drugs. Todd was asked by a boy to come to his house. The boy had a girlfriend but he acted like he liked Todd. She went to his house and they had sex.
This is where things get worser. The next week, the boy’s girlfriend appeared at Todd’s school with fifteen other people. Todd was hurt really really bad and it was filmed by people who watched. When she went home she drank bleach. People made fun of her for doing this and wrote on Facebook that they wished that she had not survived.
Good news: In 2012, a 35-year-old man has been charged in the Netherlands in connection with the suicide of Amanda. The unnamed suspect was charged with extortion, internet luring, criminal harassment, and child pornography.
Cyber bullying can be very damaging to adolescents and teens. It can lead to anxiety, depression, and even suicide. Also, once things are circulated on the Internet, they may never disappear, resurfacing at later times to renew the pain of cyber bullying.
It is okay to be online and give comments online but be wise and cautious with your words. If you found any person around you who deals with cyberbullying at the moment, gives them courage and moral supports. If things become unpleasant, seek further helps.