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Cyber Bullying

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Cyberbullying Escalating
In the article White House Conference Tackles Bullying by Miami Hall, she refers to a quote by First lady Michelle Obama, appearing with President Obama at the day-long White House Conference on Preventing Bullying. She says, “The issue is something we care about not only as president and first lady but also as parents. It's tough enough being a kid today, and our children deserve the chance to learn and grow without constantly being picked on, made fun of--or worse” (Hall). Cyberbullying is a new, but very crucial topic that some people don’t take seriously enough. With the new technology we have embraced, kids tend to use it for bad purposes. Everyone knows about the new programs and sites teens use for communicating with one another such as IMing, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and Tumblr. Some kids use this new technology which is supposed to better our society, as their bullying playground. The kids who abuse these sights should be punished as severely as someone who isn’t hidden behind a computer, due to the damaging effects their actions have on kids.

The amount of kids abusing the internet and tormenting kids online is growing in numbers every day. Some of them don’t realize how hurtful cyberbullying can be. Just because you’re doing the bullying from behind a computer and you are not face to face doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt just as much. The things you say are taken just as seriously. “Research shows that bullying adversely affects children's mental health, academic success and ability to relate to other kids. It also has lasting emotional consequences” (Hall). This is a quote by Mary Wakefield, who runs the Health Resources and Services Administration at the Department of Health and Human Services in the article White house Conference tackles Bullying by Miami Hall. As Mary Wakefield said, bullying affects not only their mental health, but their academic success. Because of this bullying it makes kids constantly scared in...