“Cyber bullying is defined as using the computer or other electronic devices to intimidate, threaten or humiliate another individual,” Admin October 13th, 2008. As the Hartman 2 internet continues growing more popular with the youth, so do potential risks of online bullies. Juveniles today may be technology savvy but many lack the maturity to comprehend the consequences of misusing it. There are countless ways to cyber bully. Creating an alias to harass someone, sending cruel emails, stealing ones account information, and spreading rumors on websites and chat rooms are examples.
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.
In an article by Olweus-Bullying Prevention Program defines bullying as “a person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself” (Olweus). This definition may sound extremely difficult to understand; in lames terms, bullying to me is when someone taunts or bothers another person repeatedly without being able to defend oneself. With all the different types of bullying, children have expanded their horizons and use all forms of bullying one way or another. Cyber bullying, also known as electronic bullying has become increasingly popular in the bullying world. Many people including children and adults use this form of bullying as a scapegoat to their real lives.
Traditional bullying usually last into certain years of an adolescent’s life, with cyberbullying there is a long lasting negative traumatic effects which includes anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and other stress and emotional disorders. Traditional bullying usually happens at school, on the way to and from school and after school. Most bullies seems physically stronger than their victims. Traditional bullying causes low self-esteem, problems at school and violent behavior. Adolescents who experience cyberbullying feel vulnerable and powerless.
People who bully others use words to downsize a person and make them feel bad and unwanted to everyone. Covert is another category of bullying. It is often harder to recognize and can be carried out behind the bullied person's back. It is designed to harm someone's social reputation and/or cause humiliation. Cyber bullying is another type of bullying.
The bully abuses the victim through physical, verbal, or other means in order to gain a sense of superiority and power” (Donegan 33-34). Bullying can happen among school children up to adults. “Bullying ranks high on the list of the tremendous challenges facing kids” (Kevorkian). Although most people who are the bullies are stronger who is attacking the weaker. Intimidators may possibly abuse their victims verbally, physically, or psychologically.
Many people are stepping up efforts to prevent bullying in the first place. Approximately half of U.S. students are impacted by traditional bullying each school day (Ross). Bullying peaks in middle school, then reduces in high school. Other types of bullying may involve the passing of notes behind someone’s back, rumors being whispered about someone, or being threatened in the internet. The most common types of cyberbullying include passing of humiliating photos, cell phone pranks, cyber stalking, impersonation, online slam books, and text wars.
Bullying, the act of physical and verbal abuse, has widely affected the life of many people throughout history. Recently, the rapid advancement of technology has made it possible for Cyber bullying to grow, allowing for peers to harass one another without having to be face to face. Cyberbullying has become a big problem in younger generations because it makes it easy for bullying to exist between anyone with access to the internet. Youngsters can easily turn social media into a means of harassing, humiliating, and even threatening their peers, which can eventually lead victims to become socially isolated or even commit suicide. This problem exists for two main reasons.
In some cases, being bullied can be caused by the fact that a person is simply intimidated by how well you fulfill an aspects of life in which they wish to be equally successful, if not better than you. Whatever the reason may be, the forms in which to be bullied all share equal impacts and severity. Receiving physical harm, verbal abuse, or intimidation or humiliation through the internet are all forms of bullying. The pain a victim sometimes receives is severe, resulting in high anxiety, stress, eating disorders, suicide, violent retaliations: “When teens intimidate each other, they may attack with bats, knives, guns, or other weapons” (Kowalski 1). Bullying can even result in eating disorders: “Many teens with eating disorders have suffered abuse.
But its prevalence seems to occur mostly in schools and it is shown that most students will experience some sort of bullying in their adolescent schooling years. Research suggests that verbal abuse is the most common type of bullying today and following verbal abuse is relational and physical bullying. Cyberbullying seems to be growing with time but it is a lot more difficult to calculate because of the way bullies go about it (A. James, 2010). The Different Roles of Bullying An individual would think that traditionally speaking there is just a bully(s) and a victim, but recently a new category has sprung up making four different roles being played in the acts of bullying. As reported by Solberg, Olweus, and Endresen (2007) a new category of bully/victims has materialized within the context of bullying, which in turn makes up four different roles: bullies, victims... ... middle of paper ... ...te steps towards stopping the bully and preventing later transgressions.