Cyberbullying Update 2016
Clinical Update November 2016
By Zur Institute
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Cyberbullying is the use of online communication to intimidate, embarrass, or harass another person.
While perpetrators often claim they were "just joking," there is real harm. A jab comment can quickly spiral for the worse as insecure preteens and teenagers jump in to attack someone. There is a false sense of safety for the bystanders who join the attacker, thinking that if the problem is directed elsewhere they are in the clear.
Passing the buck of an unhealthy culture helps nobody. Both victims and perpetrators of cyberbullying - and many people are in both camps - are often vulnerable to anxiety and depression. Often, the help will come from a third party. Bystanders can become 'upstanders' by taking action to stop the abuse.