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.
This could be teasing or taunting a class mate because they are in some way different. But what happens when our school yard bully becomes our Facebook harasser? This is definitely nothing new to society but thanks to the internet, instant messaging programs, E-mails, text messaging and social networks teens are now being bullied online. Some may feel that bullying is a part of growing up, they may assume that it builds character but in many cases this form of harassment has become a huge problem and the results have become fatal. The experience of being bullied can cause lasting damages to an individual.
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(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. (24) The researchers note that people are more likely to change their mind on “liking” an item or expression based on the reaction of others. In regards to teenagers, many begin to form their self-esteem based on the opinion of others. Many youth report negative feelings when the responses they receive on social network sites are not ideal or expected. (24) Conclusion We cannot deny that social media has taken over conventional media in the world today.
Alternatively, some believe that Facebook is replacing face to face interaction in people and that people are beginning to use these social media outlets as their only source of socializing with others. There are also concerns that bullying is finding a new form through the means of social media. In fact 20% of teens have claimed to have been bullied online (Thomson, 2009). What many people do not understand or consider when investigating Facebook is that it can be an extremely effective communication tool. In 2008, when Facebook was just beginning to take off, ... ... middle of paper ... ...es as a teacher to constantly reevaluate and reflect upon their practices.
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Introduction Internet usage in children and adolescents has been increasing in a steadily fashion in the past number of years and with the increase in internet usage, a new form of bullying has developed – Cyber bullying. Cyber bullying can be defined as “the electronic posting of mean-spirited messages about a person,” (Merriam-Webster, 2012). This form of bullying can come through various mediums including but not limited to text messages, emails, videos, and social networking sites. There is an overwhelming amount of information that defines cyber bullying, identifies the demographics of bullies and victims of cyber bullying, and identifies the outcomes of cyber bullying on victims. More focus needs to be placed on who the perpetrators of this form of violence are and how this form of violence is linked to traditional bullying.
Ever since the introduction of technology in society, such as the Internet, cell phones and with the social media websites on the rise, it has become apparent that the Internet can be a source for good, but can also be an outlet that teens can use to humiliate and harass other teens because of who they are. This type of bully is called a cyber-bully. Cyber bullying is on the rise according to Jacobs (2010), with cyber bulling of American kids between 10-17, increasing 50% from 2000 to 2005 and the number of young people who has bullied others online increased from 14% to 28% in the same period (p. 98). Cyber bullying has a certain amount of anonymity and secrecy. Bullies can cloak who he or she is from the victim by using false information and logging on to a different computer that is not their own.
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