Cyberbullying consists of continuous and offensive abuse carried out through social networks. It is one of the main consequences of the enormous freedom of expression that is granted on the Internet.
Cyberbullying has become a real nightmare for millions of kids and adolescents, especially in the first world countries such as the United States of America and Italy. Statistics have shown that the suicides of young people have increased in large quantities due to this new tool that is available to the bullies.
Even if there are different types of campaigns against these attacks, sponsored by governments, schools, education ministries and private organisations, the progress we see against this phenomenon of the new millennium is scarce.
I don’t believe I have the need to highlight this, but we are talking about a problem of very serious importance that shouldn’t be taken lightly. What’s a better example than the tragic shootings occurred during the past years in the USA? Students are suffering and some of them decide to take justice by their hand.
I was a victim of cyberbullying some years ago. Try to picture this: you attend school from 7 am to 2 pm; you are obliged to do your best to isolate yourself and concentrate on your activities because you are constantly being hunted, bothered, offended and ridiculed by your classmates, those people who you had previously called “your friends”. Then you get home, that place where you believe you will find peace and love, that place where you feel secure and protected, but your computer and your cellphone are full of notifications. You are also ridiculed in social media. How is this called “living”?
To anyone who is reading this I deeply incite you to take care of your children. Ask them how do they feel, ask them whether they have friends or not, ask them if they have any kind of problems. Your children need attention. They need guidance but mostly they need love: your love, parents.
Bullying, cyberbullying and all their derived forms have to end. It’s time for a change. It’s time to make schools a safe place where to send our children. It’s time to adjust the allowed commentaries on social networks.