Cyber bullying is any form of harassment using electronic means. It has become increasingly common, especially among teenagers through Social networking, messaging apps, gaming sites and chat rooms such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat and other chat platforms.
According to the Q3 of 2018 Sector Performance report by Potraz, where there was a 7% growth in active internet subscriptions to reach 7,690,134 from 7,197,279 recorded in the second quarter of 2018.
“3.5% increase in the internet penetration rate to reach 55.4%, 21% increase in mobile internet and data usage to record 7,395TB from 6,104TB recorded in the second quarter of 2018.” noted Potraz
Social media continues to be a key drive of internet usage in Zimbabwe, with this rise we project that this year 2019 there will also be a rise in Cyber Bullying and all users on the internet should be well aware of cyber bullying.
Just recently on the platform, we saw the executive chairman of Econet Wireless, Mr Strive Masiyiwa and wife taking down their Twitter accounts on which Strive said his Wife, Tsitsi was being bullied on twitter.
This Action by the Masiyiwa’s clearly shows what can someone does if they feel like they are being bullied. If you receive a tweet or reply that you don’t like, you can unfollow that person. If they continue to contact you, you can block the user.
Think twice before you post anything online because once it’s out there you can’t take it back. It is easy for any comments or posts you make online to be taken out of context and these could be damaging to you in the long term.
Did you know that If you post abuse about anyone else online or if you send threats, you can be traced by the police without any difficulty? Every time you visit a website or make a posting, your internet service provider has an electronic note of your activity. Even if you create an anonymous email address you can still be traced.