The evolution of technology has developed a devastating new relationship between internet and bullying. Cyberbullying is an issue even more serious than traditional bullying that critically hurts people and often leads to crippling outcomes. Whether it’s the bully or the bullied child, the parents are often unaware of the situation of their child. To make online bullies understand the severity of their actions, cyberbullying should be the responsibility of the school.
Growing up, there are numerous challenges that one encounters: puberty, older siblings, algebra, and science. However, there is one disturbing phenomenon that is still prevalent among adolescents – bullying. In 2016, bullying is comprised of different forms compared to face-to-face bullying. There is physical, verbal, emotional, and sexual bullying. As technology advances, so do the bullies. Cyber bullying encapsulates anything that has to do with aggressive behavior via the internet. Low and Espelage quote David-Ferdon and Hertz defining cyber-bullying as “any type of harassment or bullying that occurs through e-mail, a chat room, instant messaging, a website (including blogs), text messaging, or videos or pictures posted on websites
It is very difficult to figure out the exact prevalence of cyberbullying and other types of behaviors among the youth of the world. It is very prevalent in young teenagers and high schoolers and even sometimes college students. The statistics of people being cyberbullying increase each year because the victims of the cyberbullying do no go and tell someone that they are being bullied so the individual continues to suffer through the bullying. Teenagers are very vulnerable when it comes to the Internet. Cyberbullying is not just prevalent in the United States, it is prevalent all over the globe. There are gender differences between cyberbullying. Research shows that male students reported higher levels of bullying than being the victims of cyberbullies than
According to www.meganmeierfoundation.org, approximately 43% of student’s report that they have experienced Cyber Bullying during their lifetime. Adolescent girls are more likely to get cyber bullied in their lifetime, with 40.6% of them experiencing it. Cyber bullying is also amongst boys, with over 28.2% boys reporting that they experienced it in their lifetime. Girls mostly post mean comments online, while boys mostly post hurtful videos and picture online. Cyber bullying can have disastrous effects on adolescents, with victims explaining they have a low self-esteem, increased feeling of depression and the feeling of powerlessness. This is very harmful for such young people as a majority of them won’t know how to resolve the problem and won’t ask for help from anyone.
A bully’s goal is to dominate and control power over the victim (Guerra, Williams, & Sadek, 2011). Dominance and power is achieved through repetitive intimidation and imbalance of power. Bullying cannot occur when two individuals have the same physical, emotional, or psychological strengths, as neither will be gaining power or dominance over the other. This is a sign of school violence or simple teasing. School violence can lead to bullying, which is a growing problem in schools today (Guerra et al., ...
Bullying includes two people, a harasser and a victim. The bully abuses the victim through words, actions, or other ways in order to gain supremacy and dominance. This may be done directly by hitting, physically or verbally assaulting face-to-face or behind a screen: gossip, rumors, etc. According to Sameer Hinduja and Justin Patchin’s Preventing and Responding to Cyber bullying: Expert Perspectives, cyber bullying is defined as “willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices,” and that it has become a growing issue. Cyber bullying is a universal social concern today. It is the use of technology most likely social networks such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to harass, threaten, or humiliate another being. According to Justin Patchin’s Preventing and Responding to Cyber bullying: Expert Perspectives, “Estimates of the number of youth who experience cyber bullying range from 5 to 73 percent, depending on the age of the group and the definition of cyber bullying.” It is hard to believe that cyber bullying happens every second. Although bullying is a well-known problem, it can also be ignored or go unnoticed. Cyber bullying has been one of the fastest growing problems and it’s a shame that some people who witness it do not take action upon it. Though cyber bullying does not cause physical damage, research shows that the harmfulness can be much worse. It causes psychological, emotional, behavioral, and may eventually lead to physical damage. Targets of cyber bullying are more prone to committing suicide compared to those who have not been victimized by it. For many years, “technology has changed the landscape of children’s lives” (Williams and Guerra, 15). Thus a few r...
Although bullying has always been a problem in schools, it has more recently become a bigger crisis with vicious consequences. “However it is defined, bullying is not just child’s play, but a terrifying experience many schoolchildren face everyday. It can be as direct as teasing, hitting or threatening, or as indirect as exclusions, rumors or manipulation” (Garrett 2). Most kids do not think certain actions are classified as bullying, yet they do not realize the severity of the way they treat their peers. What they may see as “joking around” can be viewed as them being a bully, and they may even be hurting someone’s feelings without realizing the effect that they have. This can then lead to school violence, which is a prevalent issue in today’s society. There are many causes to bullying and school violence and many effects as well. However, if dealt with properly, there are ways to solve these prevailing problems.
The effects of cyber bullying are devastating for those who experience it, often feeling hurt, humiliated, or develop drastic coping mechanisms. Online, it can go from one bully to an innumerable amount, giving the effect that the harassment will never stop and can only get worse. This constructs a difficult social environment where a lot of communal life is happening now. If the victim is dealing with bullying both online and at school, their self-esteem depletes significantly along with a stressful social life. With this type of lifestyle, victims tend to separate themselves to limited communication, preventing any improvement in social and even intellectual
For many years, kids have been getting bullied around the world. From harassment to punches, children become emotionally and physically scarred. But traditional bullying has taken its toll in a new form- cyber bullying. More kids have been getting computers, cell phones and social media accounts. Many adults have dealt with traditional bullying growing up, but cyber bullying is much worse, especially for the new generations. It is much easier to harass and play with people over the internet as the years go on.
“Two decades ago, bullying was often seen as a rare occurrence, where small groups of parents sought protection for their children with the school district (Healy Ortiz, Vikki. Chicago Tribune. “New inclusive approach helps schools fights bullying”).” However, in recent years this viewpoint has diminished as more cases of bullying have been and are coming to light. This has led to school districts becoming openly aware of the issue, who now address it as ‘chronic’ and have had several programs implemented to stop bullying; and though once entirely ineffective, they now have evolved to be quite the opposite. Previously, programs had taken overly simple approaches to bullying which were not applicable for the complexity of the issue. In many
The 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey finds that 15% of high school students (grades 9-12) were electronically bullied in the past year. Cyber-bullying may appear to be harmless since there isn 't any physical contact, however essentially it will hurt even more than the actual issue. Behind those monitors are real individuals with real feelings; some are driven to depression, some are driven to physical bullying, and some are driven to suicide. Cyberbullying is a more preferred method chosen by bullies. It is more challenging to identify than traditional bullying, but yields the same if not worse effect on the bullied.
Demographically, it has been reported that boys are more likely than girls to be perpetrators of cyber bullying whereas girls are more likely than boys to be involved in both aspects of cyber bullying – the perpetrator and the victim (Mishna, Khourg-Kassabri, Gadalla, & Daciuk, 2012; Sengupta & Chaudhuri, 2011; Slonje & Smith, 2008...
Bullying has become a major issue in school, particularly among adolescents. In an effort to provide effective solutions to stop bullying in schools, many point fingers at schoolteachers and administrators. However, while a community effort is essential, curbing and preventing bullying is largely the responsibility of the family. A child’s behavior is generally a reflection of his home life.