Cyberbullying: Are Social Networking Websites The Cause?

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On average, people spend over 700 BILLION minutes on Facebook in one month. (Facebook) In today's day and age, social networking sites have taken over the internet. Sites such as MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr have linked people together in a way that was never thought possible. However, from all good comes bad, and from social networking sites the act of cyber bullying - bullying and harassing someone through the internet was born. Now, whether or not the websites are the cause of cyber bullying has become a rather controversial topic. Abraham Foxman and Cyndi Silverman, both part of the Anti-Defamation League, vehemently feel that these social networking sites spawned cyber bullying. On the other hand, Kate Harding, blogger and author, believes strongly that while they may be involved in cyber bullying, social networking sites are not to blame. While both articles address social networking sites and cyber bullying, their cultural views and credibility as authors set them apart. In Kate Harding's article Social Networking Sites Cannot Be Blamed For Bullying, she writes that websites such as Facebook are not the reason or cause of cyberbullying. She argues that it is the users of the websites, teenagers namely, who are the cause of this problem. Bullies have always been around and in our fast-changing world; they have simply found a new way to attack their victims. Because the internet is here to stay, bringing cyberbullying with it, Harding challenges adults and parents of the world, informing them that they need to prepare their children for the technological world they are growing up in and what it has in store. Being a blogger, Harding has a very distinct style of writing. She naturally put herself into the arti... ... middle of paper ... ...wo very different opinions on the matter. While they are very different in the matter of styles, credibility, and culture of the author, both articles have effective points and a solution to the problem. However, Harding’s article Social Networking Sites Cannot Be Blamed For Bullying is clear and concise, as well as unbiased, proving to be a stronger argument than that of Foxman and Silverman’s article Social Networking Can Be Forums For Cyberbullying. Works Cited Foxman, Abraham, and Cyndi Silverman. "Social Networking Sites Can Be Forums for Cyberbullying." Opposing Viewpoints. Gale, 7 Dec. 2009. Web. Sept. 2011. Harding, Kate. "Social Networking Sites Cannot Be Blamed for Bullying." Opposing Viewpoints. Gale, 23 Dec. 2009. Web. Sept. 2011. "Statistics | Facebook." Welcome to Facebook. Web. 21 Sept. 2011. .

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