Cyberbullying has become a lot more common throughout our society and the ones who get triggered most by it are teens. On October 17th during the year of 2006, an American teenager Megan Meier (13) committed suicide by hanging herself three weeks before her 14th birthday, after receiving cruel messages on MySpace. These messages were supposedly from a boy- Josh that Megan had met online but it was all a hoax, it was then investigated one year later that these messages were coming from an adult. You hear it on the internet all the time about a young boy or young girl committing suicide because of some threatening message they believe is true. Cyber bullying is defined as bullying that takes place in digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets which includes sharing/posting negative harmful,and false content about someone else. It can occur through social media, apps, how easy is just to ignore what people say about you, but it’s difficult for those individuals who have to go through this.This has become a major problem within teenagers which are more vulnerable to this type of stuff. And if this keeps on going on then the number of teenagers killing themselves is going to increase, rather than coming up with a solution for this harmful problem.
Now since we see technology evolve even more, so has bullying, we hear different cases of teens being cyber bullied now. Becoming more common each and every day, people and children on their phones is also very common we didn’t used to see this back then because society was much more different than today. This makes it easier for the bullies to harm those individuals being targeted, if they were using their phone less then it won’t give time to the cyberbullies to do what they do best. Those who are targeted are more likely to feel depressed or discouraged about themselves when being bullied online, there’s life-threatening situations that occur when being bullied. Sometimes they don’t want to discuss what’s happening when this occurs, which is a bad thing to do if you’re trying to ignore it but it still keeps happening. A solution for this is consulting a parent, teacher, or close relative. It’s best to do so instead of keeping it yourself because in this case you have assistance from them and might guide you when going through this situation. Telling your parents about it is not a hard thing to do, maybe the reason why individuals harm themselves is because they don’t tell anyone about it. Though at times, this might not work for many teenagers who committed suicide, I wonder what could have been their solution for something such as this.
Those who are cyber bullied are most likely to have low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, stress, and anxiety. This is a lot to handle if a teen is being targeted, it’s usually at a young age when this starts happening, now that people from today know how to handle a smart phone. It’s much easier for cyberbullies to attack someone nowadays, even though traditional bullying still exists, cyber bullying is going to get even worse now that many young kids have access to social media, and the internet, now there will be more cyberbullies online trying to harm those who can’t handle this type of bullying. Just like Megan Meier, who couldn’t handle all the cruel messages that this person was sending her, though it wasn’t even a real person and most of the time it’s not. It’s crazy to think how people can fall for such words, cyberbullies say online why can’t they ignore what they say about them. I figure since they’re teens who are going through a difficult stage in their lives, that what the people say online impacts them even more. Those who are already feeling depressed have a hard time coping in situations like this, they become even more discouraged about themselves. And that’s when suicidal thoughts start to seep in, which is not the solution for any of this. There must be other ways to try to solve problems like this besides suicide. Suicide is becoming a thing now here in the U.S. among teenagers especially, because teens can’t find a way to cope with it and the answer they have is to commit suicide. This shouldn’t be happening amongst our teens, they should find ways to solve situations like these.
A solution that I found to be good is blocking or getting rid of the cyber bully who is causing these harmful things. Avoiding the bully is just one click away from becoming killed by your own self. I always wonder why teenagers who are getting bullied online are still in contact with the bully even though they’re dating all these cruel things about you. This can stop you from receiving these types of messages from the bully and stop you from getting harmed. Ignoring these messages would also help, why would someone believe such a thing about what they say about you. It’s confusing in a way because if it were me going through this, I would’ve instantly blocked them and report whoever was doing it. It also depends on how the teen may handle the problem, I’m sure that some do ignore it, but others that just can’t take it. And the only solution for them is to kill themselves and that’s how the problem is solved, but the cyber bully is still out there, some may say. It’s sad for those who lose their lives because of this, especially them being really young, they had their whole lives ahead of them. But this is how they chose to end it by taking their very own lives.
Throughout our society we have seen cyber bullying becoming more and more dominant among young people’s lives, it has taken their very own lives even including that of Megan Meier’s. This is not how it should end for these individuals, they should know that suicide is not the solution. They should try to neglect this situation when confronted by it, by blocking the user and reporting him/her and ignoring what they might be saying about you. This will help them from seeing these messages and hopefully prevent hem from committing suicide.
Billitteri, Thomas J. “Cyberbullying.” CQ Researcher, 2 May 2008, pp. 385-408, library.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/cqresrre2008050200.
Ladika, Susan. “Bullying and Cyberbullying.” CQ Researcher, 2 Feb. 2018, pp. 97-120, library.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/cqresrre2018020200.