Cyberbullying is a major problem within our society that has had a negative impact on teens and young adults and needs to come to an end. As most of us know, cyberbullying is the transmission of cruel or hateful texts or images using the internet or other devices such as cell phones. Rumors are likely to be spread by others via different social media websites.Things such as stalking, bullying, threats, harassment, humiliation and impersonation are all different examples of cyberbullying. Students can experience cyberbullying wherever they have access to a cell phone or a computer. Approximately half of cyberbully victims are also victims of traditional face-to-face bullying.
Students can experience bullying wherever they have access to their phones or computers, at home, a friend’s house, during school, and even at public places. A 2006 study found that forty-five percent of preteens and thirty percent of teens are cyberbullied while at school (Feinberg and Robey, 26). Students being cyberbullied or bullied, may cause them to harm themselves. Any form of bullying will make a person stress out and feel miserable, feeling this way may make them want to harm themselves because they cannot handle the stress. They also may feel like they are not wanted around.
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a perceived power imbalance (stopbullying.gov). Cyberbullying is bullying by an electronic means. Unlike normal bullying that only last while a person is in school or away from home, cyberbullying can continue nonstop. With the majority of young people having access to computers and cell phones with internet capability it is easy for bullies to harass someone anonymously and continuously. As parents we must understand that cyberbullying is happening and it can cause strong emotional damage to our young people.
Along with cyberbullying, teens can also go through depression from believing in everything they read on the internet. This also includes when teens see too much on the internet and believe that what they see is always reality. Allowing teens to use the internet for social media without any restrictions can cause them to misuse the sites and inflict emotional harm to themselves or others through cyberbullying. Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and other social sites focused on photos, allow many teens to judge and bully other teens without their parents knowing. “Parents need to know that unrestricted media use can have serious consequences.
While social media on the Internet is a great way to connect with friends and loved ones, it can also lead to negative feedback, and even cyber bullying. Cyber bullying can be defined as using technology such as cell phones, email, text messaging, instant messaging, or social networking sites. Cyber bullying is most often done by children, but more specifically by teenagers (Roleff, 2012). A specific case of cyber bullying in 2003 led to the suicide of, Ryan Patrick Halligan. Ryan was a student at Albert D. Lawton Middle School in Essex Junction, Vermont.
Cyber-bullying can “damage a person emotionally” (Media). It can also make them have low self-esteem. In our society today, cyber-bullying is a new type of problem that many teenagers have to face. “Cyber-bullying is the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person(Media).” It can happen anywhere there is access to internet. Cyber-bullying usually happens in high schools and middle schools.
(17) The National Children's Home study stated that 25% of children have reported being bullied on the internet at least once before reaching high school age. (17) The concern of cyber exploitation or cyber harassment (advances, bullying, and stalking) must be considered very seriously. Many victims report detrimental feelings as the result of cyber victimization. Victims of cyber exploitation, whether it be bullying, stalking or unsolicited sexual advances, report feelings of unhappiness, being flawed, humiliation, depression and guilt, as well as self-harm and retreating from family and friends. (17) Adolescents described an extraordinary amount of cyber bullying occurring from both those the tee... ... middle of paper ... ... is also an increase of peer pressure.
A cyberbully may be engaged in defamation, defamation is when the person who is bullying causes harm to someone’s reputation by spreading false information about that person. In general, defamati... ... middle of paper ... ..., setting boundries and rules with mobile devices but who's to say what these young teens can learn outside of their home. It's very vague to resolve this issue, but there are plenty options in trying to help prevent it from occuring again, especially if you've experienced it either by being the victim, bully, parents, etc. One who bullies can use guidence or counseling to learn healthy ways to interact with people and help them understand why it is hurtful to others. Victims of cyber bullying can speak up and tell someone, block the bully, do not reply to messages and save them so they can be reported, also parents being involved more or even just putting parental controls on websites that are vulnerable to something of this nature can help prevent cyber bullying.
A study conducted by Bullying Statistics 2010 also reported an increase in cyberbullying activities (online). Many people however don’t understand how dangerous and harmful bullying can be to the victim being bullied and even to the bully. There are many solutions to help decrease and prevent bullying activities to take place simply by being able to understand the problem of bullying, warning signs, the effects, the risks and how to recover from this crime. Children and adolescents, who are not a part of a social group; usually at school are at risk of being bullied by others. For instance, new students and those who suffer from health or learning disabilities are at much higher risk of being harassed (Opposing Viewpoints, online).
This type of bullying is the hardest to control because it involves students but often happens off school grounds. However, because the evidence is material, students and parents could bring this evidence to the school and local police departments if a situation were to happen. Parents should be mindful of their child’s use of the internet and electronic messaging, cyberbullying usually takes place in a medium in which adults are seldom present (Mason, 2008). Also, instead of sending direct messages to other students, bullies use platforms such as social media and anonymous blogs to post harmful things for others to see. Educators must understand the significance of social media use to their students, especially