The advancement of communication technology allows us to stay connected with each other anywhere and anytime. However, nobody would have thought it would be used as a tool that may one day claim an innocent teenager’s life. These days, it has become a norm within the cyber space for teenagers to bully each other. Due to the lack of administration and unbound nature of the internet, teenagers seldom realize that they may have crossed the line with their bullying. Such was the case for Tyler Clementi, a young eighteen year old boy from Piscataway, New Jersey. Mr. Clementi suffered an onslaught of harsh words by his peers on regards to his sexuality. He did not find any reprieve at home as the teenagers continued their barrage of attacks through cyber space. Unable to withstand their torment, Mr. Clementi ended up taking his own life (Schwartz). To help understand cyber bullying, one needs to step back and take a look at the basics and learn about bullying. The standard definition of bullying provided by Olweus is as follows: “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 him or herself” (Olweus). In almost every school around the world, children find themselves victim of bullying by their peers on a daily basis. There are plenty of reasons why one would bully another. One of the two common reasons is the popularity aspect. They bully to show independence, power, and territory control. With that, they become regarded in a higher status. On the other hand, students bully in fear of being bullied themselves. Since bullying in school is such a norm, they would rather be the bullies than be bullied. As a famous line goes, a better defense is a better offense. The difference between bullying and cyber bullying is not too far apart.
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