Detrimental Effects of Cyber Bullying

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Argument Synthesis 26 October 2010

Detrimental Effects of Cyber Bullying

In the past decade, the Internet has become a source for more then just knowledge. Though the Internet can provide support in academic and social life as well as aid in self exploration there are many disadvantages to the Internet. E-mail, instant messaging, webcams, chat rooms, social networking sites and blogs are forms of how the internet has changed since it came out. In today’s society, cyber bullying is more psychologically detrimental to its victims than traditional bullying because cyberspace is everywhere we go. Belsey defines cyber bullying as "an act that involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others” (32). Cyber bullying is more detrimental than traditional bullying because children today are using electronics younger and younger, cyber bullying covertly follows children from school to home, and it can cause many people to have psychological problems or commit suicide. First, children are beginning to use the internet at a young age. According to the study shown in the article “Ongoing and online: Children and youth’s perceptions of cyber bullying” written by Faye Mission, Michael Saini and Steven Solomon, the age of which children are using

the internet is “younger and younger.” They also found that most children spend a minimum of three hours on their computers a day and that they are online more than they watch television. While younger children using the internet is beneficial because they use interactive learning sites, it also is detrimental because they could access chat rooms, see unwanted material, or bully other children. Second, cyber bullying is anonymous and covert. In the article, “Behind the Scenes and Screens: Insight into the Human Dimension of Covert and Cyberbullying” the authors Barbara Spears, Phillip Slee, Larry Owens...
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