Bullying has become a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and online. With the rise and rapid change of digital technology, there has been an increase of cyberbullying.
This year, #PinkShirtDay is encouraging others to combat cyberbullying by thinking twice before posting something negative, and instead using the internet to spread kindness – because we know that Nice Needs No Filter! (PinkShirtDay.ca)
St. Joe’s Youth Wellness Centre aims to raise awareness of these issues and foster healthy self-esteem and inclusiveness for youth throughout our community. Kindness looks good in all colours, click here to see what we’ve been up to at the Centre today.
What is cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is using online and mobile technology to harm others, in deliberate, repeated and hostile manner. Cyberbullying involves the use of technologies such as the Internet, social media platforms, websites, email, text messaging and online chatrooms to repeatedly intimidate or harass others.
Cyberbullying affects individuals in different ways than traditional physical or verbal bullying. From school, to the mall and all the way into the comfort of their home – cyberbullying can follow a victim everywhere at all hours of the day, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Effects of cyberbullying
Cyberbullying can occur in a variety of situations. Often it appears to be a form of revenge. Whatever the motivation, the impact of this kind of cyberbullying can be devastating to a person’s self-esteem, reputation and mental health.
Severe, long-term, or frequent cyberbullying can leave both the victim and the bully at greater risk for anxiety, depression, and other stress-related disorders.
How to support someone who is being cyberbullied
One of the best ways to support someone who is being bullied through technology is to reach out and provide support by suggesting they block the bully (from online platforms being used) or limit access/technology use.
If you are being cyberbullied, it is important to report criminal offences, such as threats, assaults and sexual exploitation to someone you trust as well as the local police.
Young people ages 17 to 25 who are experiencing cyberbullying can reach out to St. Joe’s Youth Wellness Centre to speak with a peer mentor, they can also provide you with additional contacts and resources available throughout the city.
Contact us today
905.522.1155 Ext. 31725