Bullying is an outcome of aggressive behaviour and power imbalance among people. The psychology behind bullying is to gain a feeling of power, purpose or having control over the supposed inferiors. Victims of bullies suffer the psychological consequences all the way until middle age, with higher levels of depression.
In a country like ours, school bullying is a common case. A recent survey has revealed that 29 percent of children suffer from some form of depression or sadness because of cyber bullying. Children playing games online reported a higher rate of cyber bullying. Another recent survey showed that 78 percent of parents said their children or those they know have been threatened with physical harm while playing online games.
It is high time we took action against cyberbullying if we want to ensure safety for our children.
Pritam Deb, BUET