Cyberbullying at College

Most people mistakenly believe that bullying/cyberbullying is a problem faced by young adolescents. What they do not know is that studies have shown that 40% of high-schoolers, who have either been bullies or victims or bullying acts, maintain this role even through college. According to a few research studies, cyberbullying amongst college populations ranges from 10% to 27.8%.

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Through a study by University of Washington, where 285 female students (from 4 different colleges) were questioned, researchers found that college-age females were just as likely to suffer the negative effects of cyberbullying as younger adolescents. Moreover, the study found that it could affect girls this age even worse as they are three times more likely to meet the clinical criteria for depression. If the bullying was a form of sexual abuse, the odds of depression doubled. According to Brian Van Brunt, President of the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association, first year college students and those in the Greek system experience more cases of bullying or “hazing” than other groups. With the advent of social media and anonymous apps, the cases of cyber bullying in the recent past, is at an all time high.

We all know that the psychological effects of cyberbullying causes more emotional damage than traditional bullying because of the wider audience and impact of the Internet. Considering the fact that Internet is a basic necessity for almost all college students, and coupled with the fact that college is generally a high-stress environment, the effects of cyber bullying are multiplied, as are the total number of victims. The University of Washington study has shown that even cyber bullying perpetrators suffer from depression and are more likely to resort to alcohol and substance abuse. In terms of alcohol abuse, bullies suffer much more than victims.

However, there is an upside: most college campuses have counseling offices and victims can easily talk to a counselor in their college clinic. Also, since college campuses provide so many diverse opportunities, Van Brunt is of the opinion that victims have a bigger chance to find a niche somewhere on campus rather than becoming isolated.

Cyber bullying at college clearly cannot be taken lightly as it poses huge problem for a lot of young adults. We, at ChronicleMe, aim to create more awareness about its effects in the hope that bullies will understand the weight of their words and victims will find courage in the fact that they are not alone.

Spotlight on our New Intern #2: Shrenya Salguti

What is your full name?

Shrenya Reddy Salguti

Describe your hometown.

Hyderabad (India) is a crowded but beautiful city. It has a wonderful, well-preserved history: from the rich heritage of the Nizams of Hyderabad to ancient ruins of forts. Despite this, Hyderabad is one of the largest IT hubs on a global level. It also has the best food you can find in the world.

Where are you attending school?

Right now, I am enrolled as a full time grad student at Syracuse University. I graduated high school from Hyderabad Public School or HPS, as we call it. HPS was the home for many notable alumni like Satya Nadella (the current CEO of Microsoft) and many political dignitaries and also sportsmen like Harsha Bhogle.

Why did you apply to work at ChronicleMe?

I have always liked the idea of anonymity on the Internet because it encourages people to post the raw truth and be completely honest. ChronicleMe offers just that and more: it lets users share their stories in a completely judgment-free, safe environment while finding comfort in and supporting each other. It’s a great opportunity to be working with the team that has accomplished this.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

I am a huge fan of TV shows. I once binge watched 3 entire seasons of Breaking Bad in less than 48 hours. Best two days of my life.

What do you like most about living in Upstate NY?

To be honest, I have not seen a lot of Upstate NY (yes, I need to get out more). But Syracuse is beautiful during fall. I experienced my first winter (real winter, not the pseudo winters we have in Hyderabad where the temperature hardly goes below 70 degrees) in Syracuse and I have loved every freezing minute of it. Syracuse also has some pretty amazing food places like Alto Cinco, Recess and LoFo.

What is your least favorite thing about living in Upstate NY?

That I haven’t seen all of it? Haha, honestly though, I have no complaints. Except that it rains a little too much.

What interests you about the Tech Garden?

Working at start-ups has always been something that I wanted to do. Tech Garden houses a bunch of offices for start-ups. I have only recently started working here but the atmosphere is electric. I am excited about meeting and working with people who are passionate about what they do and also about the Germinator initiative.

What is your favorite food?

Hyderabadi Biryani, hands down (Hyderabad’s style of traditional biryani, made with rice, spices and meat). I also love New York style pizza, chicken wings (the spicier the better), and Mexican food.

What tabs do you have open on your computer?

Right now? I have Gmail, WordPress, SU’s Blackboard, Facebook, & Twitter.

What do you want to do in 10 years for a career?

10 years is a loong time and I don’t like to plan that far ahead. I am more of a spontaneous, impulsive person. But I see a lot of opportunities in the future and hope to achieve something that I am proud of.

Who is someone you look up to?

There have been a lot of people who’ve influenced me but my biggest inspiration are my parents and brother. I am always looking to them for advice and support.

Spotlight on our new intern #1: Sumedh Vaidya

Q. What is your full name?

Mr. Sumedh Subhash Vaidya

Q. Describe your hometown.

I’m from Mumbai, India, one of the most active, most vibrant, most crowded city; yet filled with the coolest and most helpful ‘Mumbaikars’. Mumbai is the financial capital of India, second largest film industry in the world – “Bollywood”, surrounded by lavishing coast line, runs the busiest railway system (‘super dense crush load’), serves the citizens with the 2nd best police force, an IT hub with jobs from multi-national companies, most scenic during the rainy season, called Monsoon and the list will go on forever.

Q.Where are you attending school?

I’m a graduate student of Information Management, from the iSchool at Syracuse University.I have been able to not only acquire international standard education, but exchange knowledge from people all across the world. Apart from excellent schooling, there are exquisite initiatives and groups like the ICE Box, Mix it up!, Women in Technology, iConsult, Grad Student Organization GSO, Nanhi Kali, and innumerable dance troupes, which I have been actively part of.

Q. Why did you apply to work at ChronicleMe?

I was first introduced to ChronicleMe in the Fall 2014, when I worked as the Project Manager. I met with the team and I enjoyed learning from them. Their thrilling life stories keep inspiring me every single day. Over Summer 2015, I again chose to work with them, as I always wanted to gain exposure in all aspects of business development and project management.

Q. What is a fun fact about yourself?

Dance and cooking are my biggest passions, and I make sure I take out my time for both of them every single day. I have always made a point to worship the art of dance, and today I am the captain of a dance team in Syracuse, named AMAZ. Mainly we perform in various dance forms inclusive of Bollywood, Lyrical hip hop, contemporary, Salsa, Bhangda. I have never learned any style of dance professionally, but I have had tremendous friends who have acted as my Guru.

Q. What do you like most about living in Upstate NY?

The best part about this part of the world is that the people are extremely amiable and warm hearted. Since I love exploring diverse spots of nature, Syracuse has been the center of several picturesque places. Nearby places which I have visited so far, include, world famous Niagara Falls, Watkins Glen Park, Tinker Falls, Green Lake Park, Buttermilk Falls, Skaneateles, and these are the only few I remember :P. There are multiple nightlife bars including Benjamin’s, Al’s, Faegan’s, Empire Brewing Company, and Daisy Dukes.

Q. What is your least favorite thing about living in Upstate NY?

When I was in India, I believed that I can’t stand snow, and my experience actually proved it right. 😀 The way climate keeps varying all the time in Syracuse, it’s a real nuisance. But the more I stay here, it’s going to make me more accustomed to the natural diversity.

Q. What interests you about the Tech Garden?

It’s the place which forms a tremendous bundle of energy from the whole city of Syracuse. The youth receives guidance from the experienced, apply their dynamism and wisdom for a greater cause and help each other grow. Tomorrow’s entrepreneurs are born here, upheld here, and made successful in front of the whole world. It’s a great initiative to support different startups. One of the best initiatives being “the Germinator”, and the business classes offered there to the Tech Garden Employees.

Q. What is your favorite food?

Being a vegetarian gourmet, I love trying vegetarian delicacies from all over the world. But Indian food can never take place of any other food. Paneer (cottage cheese) dishes being my favorite. Come to my place and I will feed you the best vegetarian food, or you always have an option of going out to satiate your hunger at Dosa Grill, Sahota Palace, Samrat. I also love Mexican food which they serve at the Alto Cinco.

Q. What tabs do you have open on your computer?

Bufferapp, Seth’s blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, HiffingtonPost.com, Gmail

Q. What do you want to do in 10 years for a career?

Oh 10 years? I wish I had that vision to plan for so much into the future. But wherever I land, whatever I do, I wish to do it with all my heart and happiness.

Q. Who is someone you look up to?

My Father (Subhash Vaidya), Mr. Narendra Modi (Prime Minister of India) and Mr. Barack Obama. I am a huge fan of the sport Cricket, and I have grasped my physics lessons from this sport. After learning about the most famous cricketer Mr. Sachin Tendulkar, I was thrilled to know that great personalities are not awesome because of their skills or aptitude, but how powerful yet humble they are!