Some moments ago, an article from The Republic made a mention about two bills that would be helpful in combating cyber bullying in Maine, United States. I am sure there will be many people in Maine applauding the idea of an anti-cyber bullying bill being placed to not only make surfing cyberspace a safe place for their children (including everyone) as well as making cyber bullying an offence in the eyes of the authorities (and hopefully the law as well). At the same time, it won’t be surprising to see people around the world wishing their countries and states have the same bill implemented.
In case you are wondering what is cyber bullying, it is a form of bullying done via the Internet, mobile phones and even on online social networking sites which is as severe as playground bullying and face-to-face bullying but minus the fists and kicking legs. When someone cyber bullies, he or she can do everything to break a victim down from text messaging/instant messaging harassment (including death threats) to even sending and forwarding a degrading picture or video of the victim via online and text. Don’t believe me? This website on cyber bullying says it all. The impact of cyber bullying on a victim is terrible and no child should experience it. Before I forget, victims of cyber bullying not only need support but also be encouraged to tell parents and teachers to put an end to cyber bullying rather than carry on suffering in silence and fear.
No parent or caregiver wants his or her child to go through the harrowing experience of being cyber bullied by his or her classmates (sad to say some kids can be very cruel). I can say the same that no parent or caregiver ever wants to find out that their kid is a vicious cyber bully (it is just as bad as finding out that the kid is a playground bully). However, having an anti-cyber bullying is just never enough to combat the issue of cyber bullying. As a blogger, I always believe kids need to be educated (especially from young) that using cyberspace always comes with responsibility. Like it or not, they need to understand that etiquette does apply on cyberspace and just because people are online and anonymous, it does not give them the right to bully someone.
What says you about the idea of having an anti-cyber bullying bill? Would you like it to be implemented in your country or state? Do you believe that it is our responsibility as adults to educate kids about cyber bullying and its impact on its victims? If you are parent, a caregiver or a teacher in a situation where you find out that a child (your own kid or student) is a cyber bully, what would you do? Opinions are welcomed.