Media And Social Media

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In order to study and better understand society, looking at prominent institutions is key. Institutions are structures of relationships, obligations, roles and functions. They are social concepts and practices, but also involve cognitive structures (Luton, personal communication, 10 Nov. 2008). Education is one of the most important social institutions society is built on. Therefore, if there are problems pertaining to this key area of society, major disturbances and even destruction of society results. In today’s culture, media is an outlining factor affecting students’ education. Besides many advantages of media enhancing the way education is delivered, it has sadly also opened a wide door for abuse by means of bullying. The CBC news article: Amanda Todd’s anti-bullying legacy, 1 year on (2013), recalls Amanda Todd’s story of bullying which tragically led to taking her own life. The facts and information portrayed throughout this article reveal that exposure to social media is a common ground for intensified bullying. The article also moves on to discuss movements that have been put in to action to create a safer school environment. Furthermore, when an institution as important as education fails to meet its vital function, it becomes a broader issue that impacts society as a whole. It is beneficial to look into how social media (cyber) bullying, affects ones education along with the concern of the ethical use of technology/media. Social Issue Bullying through the media is the overriding social issue highlighted in this article. Despite the endless opportunity and access that technology can provide for learning, it has also become a vehicle for cyber bullying, a thriving form of teen social cruelty (Hoff & Mitchell, 2008). Cy... ... middle of paper ... ...wer the questions as to why and how cyber bullying affects ones education. The questionnaire method would also be suitable to further investigate this issue as specific questions can be stated for carefully selected individuals. The questions would be based on how individuals perceive bullying, cyber bullying, and the use of media. This would be done with simulated scenarios, as well as specific school, behavioral, identity, physical and emotional support questions. The secondary analysis would consist of both qualitative and quantitative approaches, while the questionnaire method would solely be based on the quantitative approach. The subset population targeted as the sample for this study would be middle school and high school students. It has been proven that adolescents and teens are the most prominent group affected by cyber bullying (Bullying Statistic, 2013).

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