Tackling the Dark Side of Social Networking – Can We Put an End to Cyberbullying?
Our world today features marvels of science that make life simpler for us, and carry out various tasks in the blink of an eye. What is science? Is it the right way forward? Or is it a dead-end deception? We live in a time of data innovation, web-based social networking and electronic media. The free stream of data, and ease of global communication, has contracted the world to our cellphones, enabling quick data access and data sharing – whether legal or illegal, that is another issue.
I have recently completed a degree in business studies and as a fresh graduate, I can say that the utilization of the internet is crucial to higher education in every field, since it allows us to not only acquire a tremendous amount of information, but also to connect with others across the world and to be an active part of current happenings in society.
A famous saying goes: ‘With awesome power, comes extraordinary duty’, which invokes the magnitude of effects that can come with use/misuse of internet technology. Cyberbullying is one of the most dangerous issue in the realm of electronic correspondence. Cyberbullying is the utilization of web-based social networking to humiliate, disturb or debilitate a person. Children and adolescents are at particular risk of being victims to cyberbullying. This abuse of electronic communication merits greater recognition and should be dealt with by concerned specialists.
In 2010, the suicide death of Tyler Clementi made the news. He was an 18-year-old undergraduate who attempted suicide after his alleged photograph was publically shared. This opened a crisis and raised many issues with respect to web security. Incidents like these prompt awareness and concern among the youth. Yet few conspicuous efforts have been taken to prevent such incidents in future.
As of late another case revealed Sharjeel khan (international Pakistani cricketer) was manipulated by an obscure person, that he would release his own video, and asked for monetary gain in return. Essentially, a huge number of cases take place around the globe on regular basis and many go unreported.
To reduce the incidence of cyberbullying, awareness of this issue should be raised, and efforts made to empower young victims to report cases and to give them security against cyber bullies. School administrations, parents, guardians and social institutions all have a role to play in taking these steps.
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