Bullying is something that no one deserves. It is time this issue should be looked upon worldwide. What exactly is bullying? It can be done in many forms. Bullying happens at any phases…like in childhood, youth, at workplace, social media, etc. It can have adverse effect on people which people has to understand.
Childhood is a phase when children are very sensitive. This is the time when they get to explore themselves, the moment to shape their life and enjoy. They spend most of their time in school. But, several instances of bullying have been found in school. Peer pressure has become a thing in school and colleges. If students don’t fit in a specific type, they are outcasted. They are treated differently, to be specific rudely. Students tend to form groups and bully a person they find different or don’t like them. They seek happiness in this. They fail to realise what effect it has on that victim of such action. There has been cases when the victim loses self-confidence and self-respect. It is mentally devastating. This tends to depression and suicide. We all are human and all need acceptance, appreciation and love from others, and if we get opposite of this which we didn’t expect, we get shatter. Students should understand people come from different background, there is cultural and economic diversity and should respect that.
Bullying can also happen at workplace. Employees are cornered and bullied. It severely affects their confidence and mental health. People should understand there is whole lot of responsibilities on people, and instead of encouraging and being a support for them, they are discouraging them. Because of work opportunities, people tend to move to other cities or countries. Culture, food, many things are different to them, so colleagues should be a support to each other out of mutual respect.
Today, social media is not unknown to anybody. Everybody has their own opinions on social media. Social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, etc has become a place where people have different opinions on things, issues and other people. One major thing nowadays coming across is Cyber Bullying or Trolling specially of celebrities. India is also not immune from this. We can take example of an actress Munmun Dutta who plays the role of Babita in one of the most famous Indian soap opera ‘Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’. She is trolled on each post on Instagram on the basis of her charater on the show and body. She including many actors have to disable comment section of their posts because of the unwanted and vulgar trolling. People also don’t hesitate in making vulgar memes and sharing them on social media platforms. They don’t deserve to be harassed like this publically. People misuse the power of freedom of speech, they just don’t realise how can their actions affect the mental health of the other person as today, social media presence has become an important part of the life of celebrities as they are what they are because of their fans.
Cyber Bullying has also affected reality shows. People are highly engrossed in reality shows, they find someone as their favourite and like them and likewise some they doesn’t like. But, the thing audience fail to understand is that it is just a show. The contestants are bashed and trolled on social media to the extent it severely affects their mental health. Each person has different level of mental strength, some can ignore it and some can’t. For example, two of the contestants of a reality show ‘Love Island UK’- Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis committed suicide because of online trolls. They couldn’t take it, went into depression and finally took their own lives. Nobody intends to harm or kill anybody because of their negative comment, but gradually it happens. Bullying is really a deep issue. Children should be taught in their schools and at home not to bully and corner anybody. Mental health should be taken care of. Everybody should be ready and comfortable to talk about mental health and should be a support to one another.