Bullying Issues: Cyber bullying vs. Traditional Bulllying
Jan 29, 2013
Bullying Issues 2 Bullying Issues: Cyber Bullying vs. Traditional Bullying
Are you a victim of cyber bullying? Or were you the bully? Many people participate in cyber bullying or are victims of it and don’t even notice it. In fact, cyber bullying is becoming a big issue and is put above traditional bullying, yet traditional bullying is still occurring. Currently, there has been a big debate over which type of bullying has lasting or bigger impact. Yalda T.Uhls (2012) states her argument in “Cyber Bullying Has a Broader Impact than Traditional Bullying” and Susan M. Swearer (2012) makes her case in “Traditional Forms of Bullying Remains a More Prevalent and Serious Problem”. In spite of their similarities, they both have two different perspectives of cyber bullying and traditional bullying, because of their location.
First, clarify the meaning of cyber bullying and traditional bullying. Cyber bullying can be in many different forms. The main form is the spread of harmful or embarrassing information about another person in use of electronic communication devices, such as the internet or cellphones. However, it could be in the form of threats, sexual remarks, or a repetition of emails. Bullying that is physical or verbal in face- to-face contact is traditional bullying. Likewise, both cyber and traditional bullying are both forms of bullying in general. They both cause harm to other people whether it’s in a text or face-to-face. Another thing they have in common is that it has some type effect on the victim. The article, In Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection (2010), says that victims of this usually suffer loneliness and a great deal of depression. Also, suicide is an away for victims(Cyberbullying, 2010). Swearer (2012) has her remarks on the effects of bullying: “ Researchers have found that bullies who are bullied themselves have Bullying Issues 3 higher rates of depression, anxiety, anger and low self-esteem than kids who are only bullies, only victims or who are not involved in bullying at all” ( para. 10).
Unfortunately, Uhls and Swearer don’t agree on everything. Uhls argument is based on what makes cyber bullying more serve than traditional bullying; but Swearer points out the complete opposite. Swearer believes that traditional bullying is still happening and is a much bigger problem than cyber bulling. Traditional bullying mainly happens on school grounds. While victims of traditional bullying are safe at home, victims of cyber bullying are never safe. Cyber bullying happens any and everywhere, nowhere is safe. All the new enhancements in technology just make is easier for bullies to contact people. Children getting threats or called names are not just on the school grounds anymore. This is what makes cyber bullying so difficult to escape (Uhls, 2012). In fact, many victims took the suicide route to escape from cyber bulling and Uhls points out the individuals here:
The suicide of a young girl named Phoebe Prince in January of 2010 received a great deal of media attention. Phoebe was the victim of bullying, manifested online by classmates who posted disparaging remarks about her on Facebook. A few months ago, digital bullying was again in the news when Tyler Clementi, an 18-year old college student, threw himself off a bridge [on September 22, 2010] after his roommate and a friend posted a webcam video of Tyler's sexual liaison with another man. Both of these deaths were featured in cover stories of...