Hello it’s Beatrice, Miss Teenage Saskatchewan 2021.
I would like to speak out about a sensitive topic, which is bullying. There are many forms of bullying and I want to give more insight into cyberbullying.
This is, unfortunately, one of the negative sides of using technology. The simplest way to explain the true meaning of cyberbullying is “The misuse of information technology with the purpose to harass others.”
Cyberbullying can be presented in different forms such as “TROLLING”. This can be seen when a bully wants to upset others intentionally by posting hurtful, untrue comments online. Trolling in fact may not always be considered a form of cyberbullying, but it can be used as a tool to cyberbully when done with harmful intent. These bullies are more likely to be disconnected from their victims, and do not have a personal relationship with them.
“FLAMING”. This is online bullying which is composed by posting about or directly sending insults and profanity to their target. Flaming is similar to trolling; however, it is mostly known to be a more direct attack on a victim to incite them into online fights.
“DISSING” is another form of cyberbullying. This happens when the bully spreads brutal, untrue or overexaggerated information about their target in many different ways such as through public posts, commenting on their target’s posts and also through private messaging too. Their intent is to destroy their reputation or relationship with others. In this case the bully may have a personal relationship with the victim, either as an acquaintance or as a friend.
“CYBERSTALKING” can be seen as such threats, like physical harm. False accusations, threats and monitoring are included in cyberstalking. It is a criminal offense and can result in a restraining order, probation, and even jail time for the perpetrator. In fact, all types of bullying may be considered a criminal offence.
Through my experience I have been bullied and accused with false information about myself many times on my social media. I know how difficult and painful it is to read false accusations and hateful comments, messages and threats. Bullies want you to suffer silently but they are afraid of their actions to be revealed.
Everybody must remember that you are not alone and you can talk to either your family, friends or teachers. You, also, can access support through: 1) Canadian Red Cross, Ph: 1(800) 418 1111; 2) BullyingCanada- email: Support@BullyingCanada.ca , phone or text- (877) 352 4497. This is a significant step which will allow you to open up about the situation and will permit others to help, support and guide you in the right direction.