Cyber-Bullying: Creating a Culture of Respect Analysis

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Susan Keith and Michelle Martin’s essay, Cyber-Bullying: Creating a Culture of Respect in a Cyber World, describes the cyber-bullying in today’s youth and convinces people to address it as a significant form of child violence and harassment. The introduction describes modern concerns regarding youth violence and goes on to include cyber-bullying as a new form of social harassment that has risen with the popularity of the internet. Susan and Michelle then go on to define cyber-bullying and provide statistics related to its prevalence in modern youth and the affects it has on the victims. While a majority of today’s youth is either recipient or aggressor of cyber-bullying, most parents are unaware of its occurrences. The examples provided in this essay describe the methods kids use to target their victims and the profound ways it has injured specific people. Expert testimony briefly explains why this form of bullying has a profound impact on the development of adolescents. They also explain how this behavior can become such a significant problem among students without parents’ realizing. This is largely attributed to a social gap between adults and adolescence in their use of the internet. While adults use the internet as a tool, young people use it for social networking and communication. The internet provides younger people with the opportunity to create social pressure against other students without exposing themselves to the authority of parents and teachers. Finally, the essay gives warning signs and symptoms for adults to watch out for to identify cyber-bullying in kids.

It is clear that the writer is persuading the viewers that cyber-bullying is in fact a major problem in today’s youth and parents and adults need to address this issue. The authors’ use of supportive examples is presented as much like a persuasive argument using pathos of specific incidents to describe how people are victimized by cyber-bullying as it is an informative essay about the...
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