I’ve been bullied. Several times. I have the type of personality that, as a child, made me the perfect target for ridicule and cruelty. I was bullied physically on the bus and the school did nothing about it. You develop a tolerance for it when you don’t bother fighting back.
I was bullied well into adulthood. I remember co-workers hiding supplies from me, trying to get me fired, just because I was different. Reporting bullying as an adult was the same as when I was a child; nothing was done about it. I had to wind up quitting that job because I was dealing with daily panic attacks. If I had stayed, I probably would have been hospitalized.
Nowadays, there are bigger problems to worry about when people are bullied. Bullying has now moved unto a bigger platform: the internet. The definition of cyber bullying is “when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones,” according to Stop Cyberbullying. When adults are bullied online, it is referred to as cyber harassment or cyberstalking. In my opinion, harassment is not a strong enough word. I was cyber bullied as an adult, not merely harassed.
A year ago, I wrote down my bullying story. I never did anything to these people. In fact, I went to them for help. In return for my trust, I was lied to, maliciously gossiped about, and basically threatened. There are many ways of bullying–they chose them all. Just thinking about the situation makes my pulse rate go up. And it has been six years. Next time you think of going off on someone online or sending off a nasty retort in an email, don’t. Just don’t.
Cyber bullying affects everyone. In the last few months, I have read about numerous bloggers who have been harassed, belittled, and blackmailed. A lot of the people doing these things are adults! Shouldn’t they know better? I’m appalled that anyone would treat another human being like this, whether they are adult or a child.
We have to stop this epidemic. Cyber bullying and harassment needs to end today. We need to stop bullying NOW! People young and old are affected by this and they need to feel loved, not loathed. So what can we do?