Cyber Bullying

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Erika Weber
Professor Holliday
COINS 209-05
25 September 2012
Cyber Bullying
Not everyone knows what cyber bullying is, so what is it? Cyber bullying is when a child is being harassed, threatened, or embarrassed by another child using the internet, cell phone or other digital device. Almost half of teens in the United States are cyber bullied. Females are more likely to participate in cyber bullying and get cyber bullied than a male will (bullying statistics). Some children who are cyber bullied think the bullies do it because they think it is funny or they have nothing better to do with their time. When it comes to cyber bullying, they are often motivated by anger, revenge or frustration. Sometimes they do it for entertainment or because they are bored and have too much time on their hands and too many tech toys available to them. Many do it for laughs or to get a reaction. Some do it by accident, and either sends a message to the wrong recipient or didn't think before they did something. The Power-hungry do it to torment others and for their ego. Revenge of the nerd may start out defending themselves from traditional bullying only to find that they enjoy being the tough guy or gal. Mean girls do it to help bolster or remind people of their own social standing. And some think they are righting wrong and standing up for others (stop cyber bullying). Cyber bullying is directed towards a wide variety of people, it is good to recognize the signs, and prevent cyber bullying from happening. Cyber bullying has increased in recent years. In a national survey kids between the ages of 10-17 years old, twice as many children showed they had been victims and committers. The American Academy of Pediatrics calls cyber bullying the “most common online risk for all teens.”

Cyber bullies do not just target one specific person there are many different reasons for being targeted. Bullies are most likely to harass people who are different, do not have many friends, or are new to an area. Girls are more likely to be targeted than boys infrequently. A lot of people who are cyber bullied are often victims of offline people. Some cyber bullies target people who are younger than them because it makes them feel superior. Another cause for people to be targeted by cyber bulling is because of their ethnicity.

There are different signs to noticing when a child is being bullied online (cyber bullying). Children and teens can go into isolation by not talking to any of their friends and ignoring or avoiding any type of contact with the outside world. If a child just unexpectedly stops using the computer you might want to sit down and have a talk with them or if they are jumpy or nervous all the time because they might be a target associated with cyber bullies. Another sign that is connected to being cyber bullied is the child or teen unexpectedly gets upset after being on the computer. The psychological and emotional outcomes of cyber bullying are comparable to real-life bullying except that with cyber bullying there is often no escape. Cyber bullying comes in many different forms and can happen though all types of devices. Over 80 percent of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most popular form of technology and a common source for cyber bullying. You can cyber bully by sending mean text messages to someone you dislike or posting status about them on social media networks. Exclusion is also a form of cyber bullying which means purposely not including someone in an online chat session just because you think their different or you do not like them. Stealing a person's account information to break into their account and send damaging messages can be hurtful and that means you are cyber bully more than one person at a time. Stalking online is a form of cyber bullying also because it can cause fear in a person to know that they are being watched. Manipulation is an often under-considered form of bullying, but...
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