We all can remember at least once in our life where someone picked on us to no end. Tease, torment, ridicule, harass, and humiliate us usually in front of our peers without an ounce of empathy. We grow up, and older, and most of us get over this painful experience. Some never do. With all of the technological advances, there is an ever growing concern over the rapid spread of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is a form of bullying using electronic communication devices such as cell phones, computers, social networking sites, interactive games, and video recordings to inspire mass humiliation. Pictures can be posted, and rumors spread. The list goes on and on.

Cyberbullying can have a profound affect on the intended recipient The victim of such harassment can experience low self-esteem, depression, anger, embarrassment and frustration. Researchers have found a link between cyberbullying and feelings of worthlessness, family and academic problems, violence and delinquent behavior. Some become so depressed that they entertain suicidal thoughts, whereas, others can take their own life.

Where do you find the most cases of cyberbullying? Wherever, you find teenagers. Social networking sites are the playground for this intense form of brutalization. Sites such as Facebook and MySpace are easy targets for this kind of behavior to unfold. Private videos can easily be uploaded on sites such as You Tube where it can go viral very quickly. Text messaging and chat are just another venue to partake in this type of humiliation.

Those that experience this fiasco range widely. With most youth, 20% claim to be victims of cyberbullying. At least 20% admit to be a participant. Wherever you fall in this range, just know that it can have a lasting effect on an individual. Others are not so lucky. Some will take their lives before anyone can intervene.

Why can cyberbullying be so detrimental to an individual? It is not like it was in the good ole days when you knew who the perpetrator was. Nowadays, the victimizer can remain anonymous, leaving the victim to rationalize about who could feel so much contempt for them. This gives way to the opportunity for all kinds of false beliefs to take affect. Imaginations and exaggeration of hatred of oneself by others is a delusion concocted by the perpetrator. When others participate in the harassment, this can be detrimental for a teenager whose main goal in life is acceptance. These feelings of rejection can be overwhelming and devastating to them. It is imperative that we teach our children about this life changing activity. It could mean the difference between life and death for some.