Emma Sood (11) STAFF REPORTER
As the tangled web of technology continues to evolve, cyberbullying is becoming predominant in today’s society all around the world, especially to young adults and teens.
Cyberbullying is when people use communication technologies such as the internet, social media outlets, etc., to intimidate or harass others, as defined by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. A report from Statistics Canada states, “one in every five young Canadians has been a victim of cyberbullying or cyberstalking.”
It has been argued that cyberbullying is one of the worst forms of bullying because there is no escape from it. In more traditional forms of bullying, students would be able to retreat to their homes and have a momentary escape from their bullies. With cyberbullying, students can never escape since they constantly carry their phones or have access to the internet at all times.
Thus, the impacts of cyberbullying are detrimental to the mental health of any student. Cyberbullying often ends up being public and is inescapable for the victims because nothing is ever truly gone from the internet. Jolie Luk (11) agrees; “I think people need to be aware about how they present themselves on the internet and make sure to seek help if they’re being attacked online. People just need to support one another, whether in the online community or a real one.” Hence, this is why we have to place a heavier emphasis on educating young Canadians on the psychological impacts of online bullying.