Effects of Cyberbullying
- Feel like the harassment is inescapable because it can be accessed from wherever technology is located.
- Feel like they’re “walking on eggshells” if they don’t know who the bully is.
- Feel powerless, frustrated, betrayed, afraid, excluded and exposed.
- Few youth tell their parents that they have been cyberbullied out of shame and fear of losing access to technology they use to communicate with friends.
- Many people feel angry, hurt and anxious.
- No longer limited to schoolyards or street corners, modern-day bullying can happen at home as well as at school — essentially 24 hours a day. And, for kids who are being cyberbullied, it can feel like there’s no escape.
- Severe cyberbullying can leave victims at greater risk for anxiety, depression, and other stress-related disorders. In very rare cases, some kids have turned to suicide.
- Some students even report a drop in school marks.
- Surprise at how innocent photos and communication can be altered and seen by, or sent to, anyone.
The punishment for cyberbullies can include being suspended from school or kicked off of sports teams. Certain types of cyberbullying also may violate school codes or even anti-discrimination or sexual harassment laws.