Bullying is a very serious and present issue with children in our day and age. Although bullying goes on in many ways, a new and more alarming way of tormenting our children is rising, Cyber-bullying. Bullies are no longer restricted to the hours of the school day, they can attack our kids at any time, from anywhere, as long as their connected to Facebook. Our children, the most important parts of our lives, are exposed to risk due to Facebook and yet we let them start Facebook at 13. Some parents even let their children lie about their age to sign up. But I argue that even a minimum age of 13 is too young. A recent study by the Child Health Promotion Research Centre at Edith Cowan University found that “65 percent of Year 4 students experienced covert bullying, with this number decreasing to 35 percent of Year 9 students.” Therefore 10 to 15 year olds are at great risk and cyber bullying is a large part of that. We can no longer sit and do nothing about these awful statistics. We must make Facebook change its laws so that minors cannot join and also inform parents to not let their children join under the required age.
Bullying is not the only problem with under 16’s using the social network. Paedophiles and... [continues]
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