How the internet enables cyberbullying but promotes connection
The internet has a problem with cyberbullying. Technology is both the culprit and the solution.
The internet is capable of connecting humanity like never before. We can share information and learn more about other cultures. We talk online about our interests. Facebook lets us connect with family and friends. Twitter allows us to add commentary to everyday life. These can be great things, especially when it helps us grow and helps others consider new viewpoints. Sometimes others have no interest in changing and would rather argue and sling hurtful phrases and names with a painful immediacy. Too often there are stories of people being targeted online perhaps for an opinion, but it can even just be for the way they look. Targeted online abuse like this is unacceptable. It happens for a lot of different reasons but is enabled by technology especially the malicious form of online abuse. Technology is an important part of mental healthtreatment, particularly as teenagers and young adults find increased ways to incorporate cell phones and computers into their busy lives. Distance might make an attacker feel safe, and similarly can make someone who has suffered bullying or faced depression feel alone.
Despite this, tech can bring people together if we’ll let it.
Telecounselling is one piece of the puzzle. If you live far away from a counselor or don’t feel comfortable seeing them in person, you can talk over the phone, via text, or even through video conferencing.
Teenagers and young adults have incorporated cell phones and computers into their busy lives.
Internet can also be a solution to problems like cyberbullying if you want it to.