Bullying Through Texting
Technology, for the most part, was intended to make our lives more convenient. Emailing, calling and texting are all features to help us use our devices effectively. However, for some people, there remains those that choose to bully others through this technology. Bullying through text messages is still a problem for a lot of students around the world. Cyber bullying, cyberharassment or whatever you want to call it, can be illegal if it escalates to threats and harassment, according to the Canadian Government. Hate comments, sexual harassment, and even blackmail are all part of bullying. A 2013 report from MACLEANS sheds a bit of insight to the problem in Canada.
Looking at the above graph, it states that low-income bisexual men, between the ages of 17 to 24, were most likely to be a victim of cyber bullying, living in the Kitchener/Waterloo area.
Bullying through text is a newer problem over cyber bullying. Affecting mostly teens. Parents may not know if their child is a victim of this tactic. Your child could be in his or her room, by themselves and be receiving hurtful text messages, from another student. Text bullying is sending mean, embarrassing, untrue, or harmful message to or about someone using cell phone text messaging. This can also include sexting or sending sexually suggestive text messages to someone or about someone.
How To Deal With It
One of the best ways to deal with bullying through text messages is to report the problem to the proper authorities if you are a victim. There is no shame on your part in doing so. Retaliation is never the answer, and fire cannot fight fire.
If you are receiving these text messages, one of the best ways is just to ignore them. Bullies always look to a response, and when none is given over time, the problem may go away.
If the problem persists, you can always save the messages and report them if possible. Text bullying doesn’t always have to be from a stranger or someone at school.
It can also come from people who are close to you. It’s even harder to deal with when it comes from someone who you care about. The biggest mistake anyone who is a victim can make is in action. You have to take immediate action and seek help from someone who can help you.
If you are a bully yourself and are harassing someone else, It’s best to stop right away. The consequences that will come as a result will have long-lasting negative effects in your life. As a rule of the thumb, I try to treat others as I would have them treat me. Maybe you have been bullied yourself in one way or another.
If that is the case, it’s best to seek some outside help. There are many resources available to aid you, such as iPredator.co, providing a vast resource of free information. It’s up to us, to help make technology a valuable resource, and not a tool to be abused.