Bullying has become a widespread issue in recent years, leading to countless suicide attempts, therapy visits, depression pills, and emotional scars. Technology gives some teens a venue to escape the taunting and the growing insecurities, but it also provides a whole new portal for bullies to humiliate their victims. Whether you’re a parent, a peer, or just a person on the sidelines, you cannot deny the impact that mobile bullying has now had on the modern world. It is nothing short of heart-breaking.
Different Forms of Mobile Bullying
Most people associate mobile bullying with text messaging because that is the predominant problem at the moment. Nevertheless, there are multiple forms of torture that can come from a simple cell phone. Possibilities include:
- Text messaging: This is the most common form of mobile bullying and the most obvious one to point out. Bullies get the numbers of their victims and then send hateful text messages to them. This could happen through the bully’s phone or through someone else’s phone, depending on the situation.
- Phone calls: Most victims will ignore a bully’s phone calls once they figure out who the person is, but that cannot stop the bully from using someone else’s phone. If the victim continues not to answer, the repeated calls alone might be enough to create a feeling of pressure and fear.
- Voicemails: Some bullies take phone calls to the next level by leaving mean voice messages for their victims. This is usually at the end of a long series of calls for which the victim did not answer the phone.
- Facebook updates: For smart phone users, there is a possibility of getting Facebook updates sent directly to the phone. That opens the door for a new slew of threats and comments, coming indirectly from the web.
- Emails: Smart phone users may also receive emails to their phone, leaving even more opportunities for mobile bullies to release their rage. What should be a wonderful feature in a phone could become an unexpected source of pain.
Children have to face potential bullies from every angle, with no room for escape. That is why this problem has grown as expansive as it currently is. All we can do now is aim to sustain it from growing any more.
How to Prevent Mobile Bullying
If you or your child is a victim of mobile bullying, there are a few things you can do to reduce and possibly eliminate the problem. Here are some quick tips to help you out:
- Block the bully’s phone number. You can do this through your cellular provider and avoid getting texts, phone calls, and voicemails from the person.
- Keep your number private. Only give it out to a handful of people whom you know you can trust.
- Block email addresses and social network accounts. If you have a smart phone, you might as well do anything you can with your online accounts to minimize the torture you receive on the phone.
- Use identifying ring tones. By setting up special ring tones for the people you want to talk to, you can screen any calls you don’t recognize.
- Tell someone. Let other people know about the bullying you’re going through so you can get help early on.
At the end of the day, you have to remember just how pathetic mobile bullies really are. They have some kind of insecurity in their lives that they can’t face, so they have to point out flaws in other people. Ignore them when you can, and seek help when you can’t. Their statements aren’t worth your tears.
Stacy Anderson is a freelance writer who holds a bachelor’s degree in Education and Journalism. She writes guest posts in behalf of Public School Review, which offers links to and information about over 100,000 public schools in the U.S.
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