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Can It Be Stopped ?

May 16, 2012

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Can It Be Stopped ? The use of technology to cyberbully others is a growing problem among teens. There are many reasons teens choose to cyber-bully others, and the effects can be harmful. Fortunately, there are ways in which schools, parents, and victims can help solve this growing problem.

Cyberbullying has become a common form of bullying among teens. It involves the use of computers and other kinds of devices usually utilized to hurt or humiliate another person. Cyberbullying can be used in different way. For example, boys and girls usually have different methods. Girls are twice as likely to cyber-bully and spread rumors online. Boys record fights and post them on to the internet (Fanning, 6). There are also different kinds of cyberbullying there is bullying by proxy and by direct attacks. When a child is being bullied by proxy another person has encouraged others to send hurtful messages to the child. If it is a direct attack the other person is sending their hateful messages directly to the child (Hunter, 2).This new trend has extended children’s reach and power. It has dramatically changed the social lives of children and it can happen to any child at any time (Simmons, 1). There are many reasons why somebody would wonder why teens choose to use technology to bully others. There are many reasons teens cyber-bully others. Cyberbullying may happen because of race, religion, and appearance. Outside influences can be a cause for kids to cyber-bully. Kids of poverty are less likely to cyberbully, while kids of middle class are possibly more involved in cyberbullying. When a child cyber-bullies another child they feel a sense of power and freedom. For example Rebecca Kullback quotes, “It allows kids to say and do things that they wouldn’t do face-to-face, and they feel like they won’t be held accountable in the same way....
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