The technology we have today gives any bully the upper hand in ways that it can't be avoided. Facebook, twitter all the social media can be used to target innocent children. It's malicious and it's disgraceful. Hear this: Bad patenting creates bullies. So, stop being an oblivious, niave parent. Your child is no angel. If you suspect he/she is bullying then go with your gut. It could be prevented if people used their brains.
Many people say that cyber-bullying is not a big concern or not as big of a problem as physical bullying. However, they are proven wrong by conducted experiments which I will not mention.
Two parties, two emotions, two actions, two outcomes. That is the fundamental problem in bullying and it does not matter whether it is being done over the internet or on the school grounds. Adults say report it to the police, delete the message and move on, however our brains do not physiologically function like that. Children will be affected by the harsh words and isolation that their 'friends' pressure them into and of course the consequences of these actions are depression, mental health issues and even in severe cases, suicide and self-harm.
Cyber-bullying may seem like nothing since there's no physical contact, but in reality it can hurt even more than traditional bullying.
Behind those computers are real people with real feelings. Some of these individuals struggle with depression, while others struggle with extended mental health issues. In some extreme cases, these negative feelings have driven victims to suicide.
A recent study by the US National Institutes of Health, reported by Reuters, found that victims of cyber bullying showed more signs of depression than other bullying victims. This may be because cyber bullying can be more relentless and more frightening or discouraging, especially if the bully is anonymous.