LEAGL PERSPECTIVE: Cyberbullying could kill by Dr AbdelGadir Warsama Ghalib, Legal Counsel, Bahrain

Dr AbdelGadir Warsama Ghalib, Legal Counsel, Bahrain

IT brings to us many new things including new wordings and terminologies. Cyberbullying is a new term referring to, bullying taking place through digital devices like cell phones, computers, SMS, apps, online social media, forums, games where people can view, participate, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior or even killing as recently reported. The most common places where cyberbullying occurs are, Social Media, Facebook, Instagram, Snap-chat, Twitter, Text Message sent through devices Instant Message and Emails….

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With the dominance of social media and digital forums, comments, photos, posts, and content shared by individuals can often be viewed by strangers as well as acquaintances. Any content an individual share online, both their personal content as well as any negative, mean, or hurtful content, creates a kind of permanent public record of their views, activities, and behavior. This public record can be thought of as an online reputation, which may be accessible to schools, employers, colleges, clubs, and others who may be researching an individual now or in the future.

Cyberbullying can harm the online reputations of everyone involved, not just the person being bullied, but those doing the bullying or participating in it. Cyberbullying has unique concerns in that it can be permanent as most information communicated electronically is permanent and public, if not reported and removed. Negative online reputation, including for those who bully, can impact college admissions, employment, and other areas of life. Laws and Sanctions require all to respond to bullying and specify the role to be taken in response to bullying and to act either as required by law. Actions are needed.

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