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DEALING WITH CYBERBULLYING
Technology means that bullying is no longer limited to schoolyards or street corners. Cyberbullying can occur anywhere, even at home, via email, texts, cell phones, and social media websites 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with potentially hundreds of people involved. For those who suffer cyberbullying, the effects can be devastating, leaving you feeling hurt, humiliated, angry, depressed, or even suicidal. But no type of bullying should ever be tolerated.
What is cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying occurs when a child or teen uses the Internet, emails, text messages, instant messaging, social media websites, online forums, chat rooms, or other digital technology to harass, threaten, or humiliate another child or teen. Unlike traditional bullying, cyberbullying doesn't require physical strength or face-to-face contact and isn't limited to just a handful of witnesses at a time. Cyberbullies come in all shapes and sizes – almost anyone with an Internet connection or mobile phone can cyberbully someone else, often without having to reveal their true identity. Cyberbullies can torment their victims 24 hours a day and the bullying can follow the victim anywhere so that no place, not even home, ever feels safe, and with a few clicks the humiliation can be witnessed by hundreds or even thousands of people online.
Tips for kids or teens dealing with cyberbullying
If you are targeted by cyberbullies, it's important not to respond to any messages or posts written about you, no matter how hurtful or untrue. Responding will only make the situation worse and provoking a reaction from you is exactly what the cyberbullies want, so don't give them the satisfaction.
It's also very important that you don't seek revenge on a cyberbully by becoming a cyberbully yourself. Again, it will only make the problem worse and could result in serious legal consequences for you. If you wouldn't say it in person, don't say it online.
Disponível em: <https://www.helpguide.org/articles/abuse/cyberbullying.htm>
. acesso em: 17 abr. 2015. (Adaptado).
Considerando os aspectos estruturais do texto, observa-se que
- A a afirmação “no type of bullying should ever be tolerated”, expressa na voz ativa, seria: noboby should never tolerate bullying.
- B na oração “Unlike traditional bullying” o termo em destaque indica exclusão e, portanto, pode ser substituído por Dislike.
- C as sentenças “bullying is no longer limited to schoolyards” e bullying is not limited to schoolyards anymore têm o mesmo sentido.
- D a pergunta adequada à resposta “Cyberbullies come in all shapes and sizes” pode ser: Where can cyberbullies come from?