Say No To Cyberbullying

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Bullying is no longer limited to school compounds nowadays, it can also occur online and cause damage to the same degree. In this generation, the accessibility of the internet has made cyberbullying a common occurrence, especially among teenagers. Every teenager is familiar with the meaning of ‘cyberbullying’, but do they understand how much harm it can cause and the impact it has on the victim? Cyberbullying takes place almost every day. According to recent statistics from U-Report Malaysia, 3 out of 10 Malaysian teenagers are cyberbullied on a daily basis. Out of all the teenagers surveyed, 28% of them claimed to be victims of online bullying and 43% claimed to be cyberbullied through social media. Cyberbullies abuse the anonymity of social media and attack anyone they dislike. They make negative comments about the victim's appearance and behaviour and even threaten to harm them or their family members. Cyberbullying has progressed to the point where it is far too common.

How is cyberbullying defined? Firstly, it can be defined as sending cruel or threatening texts or comments to another person. Harassing someone online through means like shaming or demeaning them can also be considered as cyberbullying. It may sound innocent at first, but its effects can be terrible. Producing posts to make fun of someone, maliciously editing the victim’s photos and making memes out of their image are common examples of cyberbullying. Sharing memes that ridicule someone even if you did not create them is also considered cyberbullying.

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