We’ve all heard the saying sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can never hurt you, but we all knew that, that isn’t always the case. Yes, sticks and stones can cut and bruise you physically, but in time those wounds heal in ways that self-esteem crushing words never do. It is important that we put a stop to Cyberbullying as a victim of bullying myself, I can never imagine being bullied by an unknown person hiding behind a screen. A famous quote spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King “The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.”. Though erasing bullying entirely would be realistically impossible, we can lower the numbers of reported cases by educating others ways to prevent Cyberbullying and the steps to take when encountering situations like this. Stopping cyberbullying is important because any type of bullying affects everyone both physically and emotionally.The only way the stop Cyberbullying is to teach others the results of calling someone “Fat”, “Ugly”, or the millions of other negative words by explaining how you can’t possibly understand what someone is going through. We all have insecurities, aspects of ourselves that we wish we could erase or change, but just have to deal with on top of a rude comment. A whispering word in the wind could easily turn into a devastating hurricane of emotions. “By far the most commonly reported response by teens was to block the person doing the bullying. Nearly one-third of those who had been cyberbullied told us this had worked for them.” (Patchin, Justin W. “Teens Talk: What Works to Stop Cyberbullying.” Cyberbullying research center, 1 Dec. 2017, https://cyberbullying.org/teens-talk-works-stop-cyberbullying. Accessed 23 Jan. 2017). It’s okay to walk away from a fight rather than getting involved, which would only result in the Cyberbully and you are being the blame. The less you interact with the person the less ammunition they have to fire against you. From the website evidence has shown that the number one solutions to stop Cyberbullying is to block the person and contact authorities things escalate. Cyberbullies feel a sort of power and control that’s lacking in their own lives with their identity concealed and using their arsenal of cruel words, not taking the time to realize the magnitude of the word. The Cyber victim feeling as though no one can help them, to fight for them not knowing the face of their attacker making them fearful of going online which was their personally made haven now becoming a place that only brings despair. “Teach kids that anytime they learn that cyberbullying is taking place, they should report it right away. The site will take down the content and your child can feel good knowing that he took decisive action to help a victim of cyberbullying without putting a huge target on his own back. For most social networking sites, the general reporting address is: [email protected]”. (Whitson, Signe.”10 Strategies for Stopping Cyberbullying” The Blog, 27 Feb. 2014, https://www.huffingtonpost.com/signe-whitson/10-strategies-for-stopping-cyberbullying_b_4811546.html. Accessed 23 Jan. 2017) Find a trustworthy adult or friend to explain your situation to because there is always someone who is willing to hear you. Never believe that it’s your fault to deserve the lashings of a faceless attacker.Having experienced the first hand effects of bullying the heart retching emotion isn’t a pleasant thing to feel. You become afraid to return to the place for me that place being school, which was a place I loved going to every single day. It’s weird how one bad moment and taint the hundreds of good ones. No one should ever wake up and ask themselves “Wants going to happen to me today?”. “Kids who are bullied can experience negative physical, school, and mental health issues… Depression and anxiety, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy. These issues may persist into adulthood… Decreased academic achievement—GPA and standardized test scores—and school participation. They are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school.” (N/A, “Effects of Bullying” stopbullying.gov, 12 Sep 2017 https://www.stopbullying.gov/at-risk/effects/index.html. Accessed 23 Jan 2017)The first time I was bullied I naively kept it to myself thinking that it was just a one time thing and that I can deal with it myself. I was the stereotypical quiet kid that didn’t bother anyone suffering from scoliosis, which required me to wear a back brace with I guess made me more of a target for being different. I later informed my mom who spoke to my teachers and the situation was dealt and the bullying ended. I’ve been bullied a few times after the first incident and can understand the frustration in never wanting to experience being bullied ever again, but you have to stay strong and speak up to stop it because you are never alone. “A very small number of bullied children might retaliate through extremely violent measures. In 12 of 15 school shooting cases in the 1990s, the shooters had a history of being bullied.” (“Effects of Bullying”)In conclusion Cyberbullying is a lot like unlikable pests such as mosquitoes, it’s very difficult to wipe them off the face of the earth, but that doesn’t mean we can create ways of avoiding them. Stopping Cyberbullying we can educate others to prevent them from becoming the attacker or the victim. Making this a goal is very important because any type of bullying affects anyone mentally, academically, and even physically if the negativity gets out of hand. We must continue to keep the lines of communication open through having discussions with parents, teachers, and the community so that a person knows that they are not alone, but together strong. Arming ourselves with knowledge and not aggression as we march into the battle of the world wide web learning to be brave and not be afraid.