Cyber bullying needs to stop (Opinion)

Some don’t truly comprehend the severity of cyber bullying


Arizona Lee

With the ability to remain anonymous, people become comfortable bullying others and evading usual consequences.

With the increase of technology use, cyber bullying has reached an all time high. Cyberbullying is a form of bullying taking place over social media platforms, text messaging, email, and other forms of direct messaging.

In addition to the increase of technology, these platforms have become very easily accessible to everyone on the internet, including strangers. Every single post, repost, image, and message leaves a digital footprint. These remain on public records that can be easily accessed by almost anyone and have the possibility to affect future jobs, academic opportunities, and even relationships.

Although research has shown that cyber bullying is more prevalent in adolescents 12-15 years old, more than half of teenagers have experienced some kind of online bullying. Not only can this bullying be very embarrassing, it can also cause a lot of damage. Things like depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts or harmful behaviors are more likely to occur in people struggling with cyber bullying.

After seeing the mental health effects that can occur from cyberbullying, Colorado set laws to protect teens and decrease the high numbers of people experiencing cyberbullying. Colorado’s law classifies cyber bullying as a class 3 misdemeanor. Disobeying these laws could lead to 6 months in jail or fines.  

No law or person could ever totally stop cyberbullying so it’s important to do your best to protect yourself. Being responsible with posting and keeping passwords is a simple but effective way to stay safe. Reaching out to an adult or trusted person is always highly encouraged if you or someone you know is being targeted online.