January 11, 2013
The article, “Social Networking Sites Can Be Forums for Cyberbullying,” (Foxman, et.al, 2009), deals with the issue of cyberbullying online as becoming a real threat, and parents and educators of middle and high school children must work together to combat antisocial and harmful harassment to make these crimes punishable by law.
In its’ premise, or reason, the article indicates that cyberbullying is more prevalent in middle and high schools, because the use of cell phones, the Internet, and other technological paraphernalia plays a significant role in the social lives of nearly all adolescents. While hatred has existed since the beginning of time, the invention of the Internet has helped to spread hatred and prejudice more quickly and more forcefully than ever before. Cyberbullying has been widely reported and broadcast on the news when there have been suicides as a result of cyber harassment, and intimidation occurring. Many schools in the U.S. have already adopted anti-bias training programs established by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to put workshops into middle and high schools for their educators and students. Forty-one states in the U.S., including California, have adopted some regulations mandating that schools implement anti-bullying laws, which are based on the ADL’s model; however, more states need to adopt more comprehensive policies to guard against bullying.
The unstated premise of the argument is that if cyber-perpetrators are left unpunished, those who fall victim to cyberbullying will get hurt and potentially harm themselves or others. Our nation as a whole will suffer the consequences of cyberbullying if our government fails to enact laws, and promote more programs in our nation’s schools to protect our children. We need to do more to promote advocacy, education, and awareness from acts of hatred, such as cyberbullying.
In conclusion, social networking sites...