#SAYNOTOCYBERBULLYING and make a difference!
The Definition of Cyberbullying –  
Cyberbullying is a form of bullying or harassment using electronic means. Cyberbullying and cyberharassment are also known as online bullying.  Harmful bullying behaviour can include posting rumours, threats, sexual remarks, a victims’ personal information, or pejorative labels (i.e. hate speech).[2] Bullying or harassment can be identified by repeated behaviour and an intent to harm.[3] Victims of cyberbullying may experience lower self-esteem, increased suicidal ideation, and a variety of negative emotional responses including being scared, frustrated, angry, or depressed.[4] 
Social media is a part of many peoples lives, and with social media, comes trolls and cyberbullies.  Ther statistics show that 77% of students admitted they been bullied within their lifetime, with 44% advising it has happened on the last 30 days.  It now appears that it is not only teenagers and children that have become a victim of cyberbullying but grown adults too.  A whopping 53% of adults in Europe have confirmed that they have either experienced or witnessed cyberbullying in 2020. 
But do those who cause others pain understand the impact their words have on others? Should we now make it an illegal offence? Or do we try to educate those that cause the pain?   
The effects of cyberbullying can sometimes be fatal. The statistics of a  study showed that 30% of bullying victims have suicidal thoughts,  10% of those victims have attempted to take their own lives. #SAYNOTOCYBERBULLYING
How do we put a stop to this? 
The psychology behind cyberbullies is lack of self-worth and attention.  It doesn’t matter whether it is negative or positive attention, people who take the time to pick holes in others, via an electronic device are so desperate for attention, they will go to any length to achieve it. 
Most suffer from a lack of confidence or other negative mindset issues yet are too scared to face them.  Many people do not like to admit to their flaws, they see it as a weakness. 
To change your mindset takes work and commitment, for some that is too hard therefore, the easier option is to point the finger at others in judgement.   
The fact it, cyberbullying needs to be stopped!  One loss of life, it one life too many. We are ALL responsible and can all do our part to 
Be Mindful 
Before you eagerly comment on a public forum, ask yourself the question. Is this helpful? Is it necessary? is it kind?  If the answer is NO to any of these scroll past.  You never know the effects your words can have on others.  You do not know what they are going through, The last thing you would want, is to know that your words caused someone to take their own life! 
If you witness it, speak up, but not with anger.  Educate those who are causing the pain.  By using education, rather than hate, I truly believe we can turn it around. 
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