The Importance Of Cyber Bullying

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Seventy-two percent of people have reported being bullied at least once in their lifetime (Johnston et. al). There are numerous ways to define bullying, however the most common definition is when one or more students tease, threaten, spread rumors, hit, shove, or hurt another student repeatedly (Hugues et. al). Schools should promote bullying awareness to inform students on how bullying is becoming a leading cause of death among teens in the United States. The most common type of bullying in today’s society is cyber bullying (Smith et. al). Cyberbullying is becoming more familiar among teens throughout the United States as our country becomes more advanced through the use of technology. Online bullying generally happen on social media websites. Cyberbullying can happen at any time of the day. It can be done anonymously or even using a different identity (Hoover). Over 80% of teens use a cell phone regularly (Cartel). This makes the cell phone the most…show more content…
Verbal bullies attack with constant name calling, put downs, rumors, threats, or intimidation. The instigator uses rude and mean comments in order to destroy another’s self image. They also will use lots of sarcasm with the intent to hurt others feelings or to humiliate them in front of others (Byrne). Even though people often use the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” the mean things that are said to others can hurt more than a punch to the stomach. Verbal bullying often ruins people’s self worth. Girls are typically associated with verbal bullying. Eighteen percent of girls indirectly bully someone. They attempt to do so by spreading hurtful rumors to ruin others’ reputations, or by name calling. Girls often insult each other regarding their sexual behaviors. The words whore, slut, skank, or hoe are used (Espelage). Verbal bullying aims to make someone feel isolated and

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