Online bullying and racism

Online bullying and racism; football player Thierry Henry leaves social media

Apart from connecting to friends and sharing ideas, social media can spread hate speech and racism. Even if we tell that today’s society has improved and serves equality, there are still people who hate black people and believe that they are below the white people. Colour discrimination has caused several riots in US where most of them were suppressed by the white people. From real life, this hate and discrimination has followed them to social media and other online platforms. Mass cyber bullying and cyber stalking through social media resulted in mental imbalance of most of the people. Many have quit social media due to the immense pressure put by some of the groups targeting the black people.

Last week, football legend Thierry Henry announced that he will be deserting social media as an action of protest against racism and bullying in social media. He told that this was a strong decision and wanted to stand with the people affected by them. He will continue to stay away from social media till the authorities’ takes necessary action against this issue. He took this decision as he has also been a prey to others insult and cyber bullying.

Henry also exclaimed that, the current officials and the government are very quick in taking decisions in the case of copyright infringements but does not give consideration to people suffering from racism and social hate. In this issue their vigorous decision making skills does not heat up. This is inequality and the government is being partial.

The skilful ex-forward player of Arsenal points out that there are particular groups who are focussing in promoting racism and nowadays it became very easy for the people to harass and bully them. When people believe the world has changed, these kinds of incidents come up. He also added that the authorities should consider the mental health of the people who are undergoing cyber harassment based on their colour, community, race and caste. With the hope that everything will come to an end, he left his social media account.

The major cause to this growing issue is due to the improper monitoring of the social media by the concerned authorities. They are not eradicating the problem or trying to find a solution including the technical perspective as well as monitoring perspective, says Jonas Baer-Hoftmann.

Apart from Thierry Henry, other footballers like Bellingham, Mracus Rashford, Raheem Sterling has also faced the bitter side of racism and cyber bullying.

There are also incidents where the footballers expressed their protest against the black hate inside the stadium.

The skilful ex-forward player of Arsenal points out that there are particular groups who are focussing in promoting racism and nowadays it became very easy for the people to harass and bully them. When people believe the world has changed, these kinds of incidents come up. He also added that the authorities should consider the mental health of the people who are undergoing cyber harassment based on their colour, community, race and caste. With the hope that everything will come to an end, he left his social media account.

The major cause to this growing issue is due to the improper monitoring of the social media by the concerned authorities. They are not eradicating the problem or trying to find a solution including the technical perspective as well as monitoring perspective, says Jonas Baer-Hoftmann.

Apart from Thierry Henry, other footballers like Bellingham, Mracus Rashford, Raheem Sterling has also faced the bitter side of racism and cyber bullying.

There are also incidents where the footballers expressed their protest against the black hate inside the stadium.

Cyber racism and bullying

Cyber racism is nothing but expressing the hate using social media or other online platforms. Racism is spread through different ways like images, videos, posts, comments etc.

Cyber bullying is defined as utilizing the information and other technologies to cause deliberate hostile behaviour and to harm people. The main intentions of cyber bullying are:

  • Escalating fake informations and posting embarrassing photos of the target in social media.
  • Sending messages that hurt their emotions and centimence.
  • Faking someone’s profile to send harsh messages to others that tortures them mentally.

After effects of cyber bullying

  • Mental breakdown: Feeling of upset, stupid, ashamed or even angry
  • Emotional breakdown: feeling of helplessness and losing interest on things you love.
  • Physical breakdown: Sleeplessness, experiencing fatigue and headache.

How to prevent online harassment and cyber bullying?

  • Communicate with your parents, teachers and friends about this and find a permanent solution. When feeling mentally unstable, consult a psychiatrist.
  • Educate today’s generation about cyber bullying and the consequences that can happen due to it. Teach them how to overcome.
  • Monitor your children’s activities. If you find any change, talk to them.
  • Ask yourself that is it going to harm anyone before you post or comment on anything.
  • Set up privacy controls.

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