Cyberbullying and Teens

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“Being bullied besides over the internet is worse. It's torment and hurts. They say "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." That quote is a lie and I don't believe in it. Sticks and stones may cause nasty cuts and scars, but those cuts and scars will heal. Insultive words hurt and sometimes take forever to heal. “14 year-old girl from New Jersey (Hinduja, S. and Patchin, J. W. “Cyberbullying research.” Accessed, April 6, 2009)  Along with the advent of technology comes the evolution of new societal morals and consequences. Before the invention of the Worldwide Web, one had the ability to obtain privacy simply by turning off a cell phone, turning off a television, radio, and the volume of their telephone down. Now, at the turn of 21st Century; we have not only a lack of utter privacy, but entirely new ways of invasion. According to Judith Boss, “Cultural Relativism is the metaethical theory that moral standards and values are created by groups of people… and that morality is nothing more than socially approved customs.” (Boss, Ethics for Life. 2008) Boss furthermore concludes that this theory of Cultural Relativism can be used to exclude a certain group or groups of people based on perceived moral standards or values (Boss, 2008). This theory can easily be applied to the world of Cyberbullying and its affect on the tween and teen set. Over 33% of all youth in the United States feel that they have been a victim of Cyberbullying (Chait, 2009). One could presume this rate to in fact be much higher as Cyberbullying can be through any means of “anonymous” communication such as in a chat room, Instant message, or even text message via cell phone. Thus, many youths may not report these “online” crimes in their offline lives. The consequences of the Cyberbullying can be as severe as to lead to depression, skipping school, substance abuse, and at its most extreme, suicide. Offenders of these crimes in...
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