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Advancement in modern technology has influenced a way of victimization — Cyber-bullying.

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Wen Tong Neo

By Maria Divina Canalita, Staff Writer

Cyberbullying. It’s a never-ending cycle that’s a form of online harassment that can leave permanent damage on the lives of young adults.  It’s linked to the depression and suicidal thoughts of today’s teens.

To begin with, those who are cyberbullied struggle with issues concerning their mental and physical health. Used tactics of intimidation, humiliation, and threats are similar to bullying in person. The only thing that’s different is that they are using a new medium, namely computers and smartphones. Teens and young adults nowadays are facing a much more difficult problem.

If being bullied around the school is already depressing, what more if you are bullied on the internet where everyone is open to see?

The stress of cyberbullying will bring so much hurt and depression to the victim”

The idea of cyberbullying and its impact on today’s society has been emphasized by recent statistics, proving that this form of harassment can lead to severe health issues. This shows that kids who have been tormented are at a high risk of having suicidal thoughts and harmful ideas. In fact, on June 14th of 2017, a 12-year-old girl committed suicide due to her cruel experiences of being bullied. Fueled by traumatic experiences projected by modern technology, a person who suffers being tormented on the internet can end up feeling the pain on the inside, mentally. This case is a perfect example of how online harassment can affect matters of life and death.

The stress of cyberbullying will bring so much hurt and depression to the victim.  In some cases, the emotional stress is so great they see no other way out except for suicide. They think that suicide is the easiest solution there is, so they go for it; that’s just wrong. Life is precious, protect it and savor it, while it’s still there; don’t let a negative comment or post ruin your life.

Don’t keep it all to your self. Find a trusted relative, a teacher, or a friend to talk about it so they could help you out.

If you’re going through a hard time and thinking about ending your life, or if you’re concerned about a friend, the Lifeline Network is available 24/7 across the US.

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