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â€œIt only takes one click to ruin someoneâ€™s lifeâ€
Bullying seems no longer restricted to the schools, colleges, playgrounds or parks. Cyberbullying, as it is known, can occur anytime and anywhere â€“ via email, texts, phones, and social media websites thatâ€™s why it can be harder for parents to spot it. Cyberbullying messages and images can be posted anonymously and spread in no time. And it can be difficult or even impossible to find the culprit. The consequences of being cyberbullied can are devastating for youngsters. Young victims are more likely to use alcohol and drugs, skip school, lose self-esteem, and develop several health problems. In the Indian context, due to increasing access to technology, inexpensive internet plans the risk of cyberbullying is alarming and its assessment and prevention become even more urgent. The most vulnerable of this population are children and teenagers, who are being lived in cyberspace before they are actually capable of understanding it psychologically. The Global Youth Online Behavior Survey conducted by Microsoft ranked India third in cyberbullying, with 53% of the respondents, mainly children admitting to have experienced online bullying.
There is no specific legislation that provides for the specific cyberbullying laws in India however provisions such as Section 67 of the Information Technology Act deals with cyberbullying in away. Section 67 of the act prescribes punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form for a term which may extend to five years and also with fine which may extend to ten lakh rupees.
If your child is cyberbullied, print and save screenshots, emails, and texts for evidence. He/she should not react to the bully, but should block and/or delete him/her from their friendâ€™s lists. If your child finds a profile that was created or altered without his/her permission, contact the site to have it taken down. Report cyberbullying to your online service provider and in serious incidents to police as well. Law enforcement in cyberbullying involves: Threats of violence, Child pornography or sexually explicit messages or photos, any photo or video of someone in a place where he or she would expect privacy, stalking.
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