Good morning one and all. Respected Principal, teachers and my dear friends, it is my pleasure and privilege to stand before you today. I am honored to have this opportunity to speak to such a distinguished audience.Today on this occasion, I would like to talk about the grim issue of cyberbullying that affects many people and scars them forever at times.
Cyberbullying is a form of bullying that is done on an online platform. The platform can be social media, messaging apps or even gaming platforms. The victims are bullied with threatening messages, photos and videos. Often the victim’s photos and videos are posted without their consent as a means to embarrass or humiliate them.
Cyberbullying can occur to anyone at any time. Since it does not require a real physical space, the victim can be harassed at any time. Sometimes, entire groups start posting negative comments and sending messages to the victim. The effects of cyberbullying can be drastic. All of this can lead to great damage to the victim’s mental health, confidence and self esteem.
In many cases cyber bullying has been found to be the cause for self harm and even suicide. The internet gives people the advantage of anonymity, however, many misuse this and think they have the freedom to do anything without facing its consequences.
This misconception has led to an increase in cyberbullying. In order to prevent and control cyberbullying, it is essential to send out the message that bullying regardless of where it is happening is not okay. There will be consequences of such reckless actions for both sides, the perpetrators as well as the victims.
It is important to aware everyone of the effects that cyberbullying has on the victims and the punishment that impacts the perpetrators. We also need to build a safe space for victims to speak out and seek help. They should be made comfortable and it should be made known to them that they are not alone.
As a society, we need to step up and take actions so that no life is lost because of cyberbullying. The internet should be made safe for everyone and no should fear using it. Thank you.