It is normally not a one- time occurrence but repeated many times (Cyber Bullying Statistics 2013). Social media networks such as Facebook and MySpace have proven to be a popular device in bullying on the internet. Bullies will use various techniques to disguise what they are doing from outsiders. They will use codes, intentional misspellings, abbreviations and letter substitutions. Cyberbullies use different forms to bully.
Cyber bullying is defined as somebody bullying, upsetting, threatening, harassing, or embarrassing another person using the Internet or using any technology that you can harass somebody without doing it in person. The psychological and emotional consequences of cyber bullying are basically the same as if you were being bullied in person. What makes them different is that when you are getting bullied in person the bulling stops when you leave from around the bully. The person cannot escape cyber bullying just because most of life today is built on technology, and the cyber bullying is getting worse by the day. Here are some statistics that I pulled from a website.
These were just the people willing to speak up about it. In high school many people are more afraid of the effect that bullying someone can have on them. Whereas, people in middle and elementary school often are more careless, and do not see how badly they can be effected when cyberbullying someone. One study found that 42% of fourth to eighth grade students have admitted to saying something mean or heartful online (“Orie make cyberbullying”). This is almost half of the students saying that they have been bullies.
Cyber bullying is done through the computer or through text by an individuals cohort. It used to be that when you were bullied at school you were safe at home. Things have changed now you are no longer safe at home the bullies may follow you home through the computer by texting you on your phone or commenting you on face book. There has been many young victims to cyber bullying that have led to them committing suicide. After scanning through a lot of forums about cyber bullying I noticed people saying things like “Just block them.” and stuff like “These kids today have no backbone.” Which leads me to believe this crimes is not taken as seriously as it should be.
However, in cyber-bullying, the bully is most commonly anonymous. The most common sources of cyber-bullying are in social networking websites, where people disguise themselves to not reveal their true identity and harass and hurt their feelings. Traditional bullying only happens in school hours and when the victim is around the bully, but in cyber-bullying, the bullying happens anytime, anywhere, twenty-four hours a day, and seven days a week. When people come to their homes, they feel like they are in a safe and secure environment, yet victims of cyber-bullying are always being harassed, embarrassed, humiliated, and offended anytime of everyday due to threatening messages and embarrassing posts on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Moreover, traditional bullying requires the bully to have physical strength, but cyber-bullying does not require any physical strength.
“Around half of teens have been the victims of cyber bullies,” Richard Webster from the “Cyber bullying is when a person or a group is trying to embarrass and harm or intimidate those who are weaker than them”. “Cyber bullying to texting: What’s on your kids ‘Cell?” What is cyber bullying? The Stop bullying Organization explains what the meaning of cyber bullying is. Cyber bullies are able to use cells phones and the internet to make it very easy bully other people. Lawmakers and Schools should take more action towards people who are being bullies because it can lead to depression, suicide, and mental issue.
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