Cyberbullying incidents have become widespread in the past few years. According to DoSomething.org,” almost sixty percent of young people say that they have been cyberbullied before. Sixty-eight percent of teens agree that cyber bullying is a serious problem. Eighty-one percent of young people think bullying online is easier to get away with than bullying in person” (11 Facts 2013). Cyberbullying is a serious problem with devastating consequences and we should be doing everything possible to control it.
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“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.
“Cyber-bullying” involves the use of information and communication technologies such as e-mail, mobile phone text messages, instant messaging, defamatory personal web sites, and personal social networking sites to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group, that is intended to harm one person in particular. It is widely seen as one of the more widespread youth threats on the internet. A somewhat alarming survey of 1500 16-24 year olds conducted in September 2009 by AP-MTV found that (Pure Site, 2011) “50% of youngsters in this age group have experienced digitally abusive behaviour, with older teens aged 18-24 (52% vs. 47%) and females more likely to be targeted (53% vs. 42%). I myself believe if this survey had been conducted a year or two earlier the results would not have been so disturbing. The last 5 years have seen explosive growth in the mobile social networking market, which unquestionably has contributed to survey results such as these.
The suicide rates have risen tremendously due to harassment through technology and the ability to bully 24 hours a day. Now in the 21st century, bullying can not only happen in the playgrounds at recess, but on the internet that is accessible at any given second. Cyber bullying is a form of teen violence that can do lasting harm to young people. It can take many forms such as sending hurtful messages or threats, spreading rumors online, posting unflattering pictures, pretending to be someone else or stealing a person’s account information and posting vulgar things. There are two kinds of cyber bullying, direct attacks, which are sent to kids directly, and cyber bullying by proxy, which is using others help to cyber bully the victim, wither with or without the accomplice’s knowledge (Stop cyber bullying).
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Hence, the term “cyber bullying” became known. Literature Review/Discussion According to Hunter (2012), cyber bullying did not exist before 2000 (p. 8) but in the youth generation today, cyber bullying is rampant. The period which gives the technology to develop brought many benefits to the society, but it also brought dangers (Hunter, 2012, p. 8). Bullying is one of the problems that society faces. “Bullying is any activity that uses force or threats to persecute people and make them feel bad” (Hunter, 2012, p. 6).