With the advent of technology and its systematic expansion as a mass cyber outreach platform, the world which was opened up by it has also become a gateway to bullying.
Cyberbullying or online bullying has increased at an alarming rate all over the world. Bullying is not only restricted to adults, it has also found its way to children, who are on social media platforms.
From an inappropriate comment online to using cyber tools like photoshoped images, fake videos, people are being constantly tormented on social media.
Stop Cyberbullying Day was launched by the Cybersmile Foundation on June 17, 2012, to counter the oppressive online behaviour. Stop Cyberbullying Day is held annually every third Friday in June.
According to Cybersmile Foundation, Stop Cyberbullying Day is an internationally recognised day of awareness and activities both on and offline to encourage people around the world to show their commitment toward a truly inclusive and diverse online environment for all – without fear of personal threats, harassment or abuse.
Cyberbullying is a menace to the society but should not hamper growth of an individual fearing that there is no recourse from this situation.
An individual should keep a communication channel open with the family and advisors about the potential cyber dangers. Communication is an important part of your life and should be used as a tool to reinforce postivity in our life.
We should take measures to notice a victim of cyberbullying and encourage them to talk about their online experience and, in particular, anything that makes them feel uncomfortable or threatened.
To avoid online harassment, people should refrain from sharing excess information online like your address, phone number. A lot of online bullying starts with people exploiting each others personal information.
On Stop Cyberbullying Day, netizens should make a pledge to become aware of the laws and regulations against cyberbullying and actively participate in urging people to speak out against cyberbullying and digital abuse of any kind and defend our human right to freedom of speech while adhering to the basic principle of mutual respect for others.