Cyberbullying or cyberharassment are forms of bullying using electronic means.

Both have become increasingly common, especially amongst teenagers.

Cyberbullying is when someone bullies the victim on social media sites or text message services. The different ways this can be used can be in the form of written text or pictures.  The content can include posting rumors, threats or sexual remarks and or images. 

The reason that cyberbullying is so dangerous when compared to psychological abuse in a school playground, is the scope.  In a real-time incident, the bully can only increase the intensity of the assault themselves or with any support that can be obtained from bystanders.

Obviously, this is limited in potential and size by the bystanders observing. 

Online and through a post, the bully can reach thousands of viewers.  The viewers, in turn, can click "like" or leave comments.  For some platforms, this can last for years before the post is finally forgotten. 

So, while bullying in schools or play areas can be devastating, it is limited to a certain period of time and participants.  Online, this assault can be a constant and widespread attack.  To make things even worse, the people adding comments and likes can do so without ever feeling a moments of guilt for their actions.  In a lot of the cases, they deem it as harmless fun.  Never having to confront the victim and witness the damage they are causing provides a disconnect that allows the responders to add content unfiltered.  

The victim can quickly be overcome with negativity.

Ridiculed, in some cases in public forums, they can often feel isolated and abandoned.  Additional comments from strangers insensitive to the situation can often have even more damaging and lasting effects than the bully themselves.  Instead of being harassed by a single person, the victim can quickly spiral into a world where their belief is that a hate campaign is being launched against them.




With sleep being one of the only moments in their daily routine that offers relief,  it is no wonder they turn their thoughts to suicide as a way of extending their peaceful moment into one of eternal sleep.

Regardless, the reasons for suicide may be an eternal sleep, a cry for help, or that a spiritual safe haven awaits them upon passing.

The one constant in play among this sea of never-ending variables remains true, there is...

If all of this was not tragic enough, the resulting effects of the survivor's experience is often the driving force behind additional attempts.  Friends, coworkers, and members of society, upon learning of the attempt, can further impact the survivor.

Not wishing to listen or understand the victims thought process, many turn away. This is usually accompanied by labels assigned to the survivor:  a loser, mentally unstable, wild card, untrustworthy, and condemned, are just a few of the labels the survivor can expect to be tagged with.

Religious groups may also turn their backs upon the survivor.  Suicide, in many religions, is considered one of the unforgivable acts that prevents one from entering heaven. Instead, at the end of this mortal life, a world of fire and damnation will follow. 

Through fear of being guilty-by-association, the same people, capable of forgiving murderers, will shake their heads and walk away.