Cyberbullying: Victims are responsible

Added by Shawon on 2015-07-30 

Few days back, a friend texted me for a help. He seemed very worried and requested, more like begged, before he even mentioned the cause. "I want you to hack a facebook account," he said. Reason? He wanted to revenge a girl, who as he says hacked his friend's account. Facepalm! I left the conversation there.

I will skip the matter of hacking, the matter of my concern is cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is the act of bullying in the internet by threatening using stolen personal information as bait, messaging slangs etc. just to embarrass the victim.  But, I am not afraid of the rise of these bullies, what I am afraid about is the stupid acts regarding the internet.

After bullying, the reactions from victims were never pleasing. In 2013, a 12 years old girl being bullied by 4 girls of age 15, committed suicide by jumping off a tower. In other places, we see something like I mentioned in the beginning, wanted revenge. Here again, why do choose such decision out of your anger and emotion?

There are couple of reasons I will blame a victim before getting bullied, or being hacked. The victim could use of the security steps. Gmail, Facebook etc. have so many steps just to ensure your accounts security. So if anyone stole your password and try to misuse your account, you can simply recover it.

Or you could simply be aware of this from the beginning. When you create an account online, you are asked to input many of your personal information. So any user does not make use of their privacy settings, will be a victim, will get spammy emails, personal pictures edited and made fun of and so on. One mistake I commonly see is adding strangers in their friendlist.

Secondly, the Newtons third law. I know we aren't studying Physics but "Every action **does** have equal reaction." So if you are being bullied, or feel about it, you should report or block the particular person, instead of making a mess in the  comment section. The best practice is to avoid them and never making enemies.

Basically, these are just standard measure to stay safe in the internet. And everyone from the beginning MUST use it if they want to stay away from any kinds of harassment, otherwise its their mistake. I don't think anyone is responsible for the victims own mistake.

The amount of problems people may have using technology, cyberbullying is simply nothing. What happens in the internet, stays in the internet. So you just shut down the laptop, its gone. The real world bullying on the other hand, if any of you have faced will know is very terrifying. People should now be grateful that the cyberbullies live in a world which can be get rid of.

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