Cyberbullying is a serious problem with devastating consequences and we should be doing everything possible to control it. Victims of cyberbullying can be harassed by different methods and by various behaviors. Cyberbullying occurs when a young person embarrasses, threatens, humiliates or torments another young person over the internet, cell phone or through text messages. Cyberbullies want their victims to feel bad about themselves. It is normally not a one- time occurrence but repeated many times (Cyber Bullying Statistics 2013).
Cyber bullying is defined as somebody bullying, upsetting, threatening, harassing, or embarrassing another person using the Internet or using any technology that you can harass somebody without doing it in person. The psychological and emotional consequences of cyber bullying are basically the same as if you were being bullied in person. What makes them different is that when you are getting bullied in person the bulling stops when you leave from around the bully. The person cannot escape cyber bullying just because most of life today is built on technology, and the cyber bullying is getting worse by the day. Here are some statistics that I pulled from a website.
Lawmakers and Schools should take more action towards people who are being bullies because it can lead to depression, suicide, and mental issue. Since bullying has increased; cyber bullying has become harder to control by parents teachers and peers. They feel embarrassed, afraid that the bully with retaliate, or some just assume that adults want them to deal with the issue be themselves. This can lead to drastic situations such as suicide thoughts, depression, and other mental issues. The school should be a part of the situations when students are being bullied before it leads to a even bigger issue.
“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 is “the deliberate and repeated harm inflicted through the use of cell phones/smartphones, computers/tablets, and other electronic devices (including Wi-Fi gaming devices)” (Lohmann). It began to emerge when technology became more accessible, and it continues to become a bigger problem as technology expands. Cyberbullies are intentionally hurting their victims, and know that they are doing so. Cyberbullying has harmed all of its victims either mentally, physically, or both. The Centers for Disease Control has even gone as far as labeling it an ‘emerging public-health problem’ (Billitteri).
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).
They find this as a better alternative to communicate with their peers. Unfortunately, like all new inventions, its purpose was inevitably perverted. The misuse of social media has paved the way to the harm and negativity that is cyberbullying. Physical bullying still occurs. However, since the rise of social media, people now face a new type of bullying known as cyberbullying.