16 March 2012
The Violence in Cyber-Bullying
Imagine your child getting ready for school in the morning. He takes off his pajamas and puts on his T-shirt and jeans. Reflecting back on his torment in school, he straps his belt around his neck and hangs himself in his bedroom closet. As you find him in the room, you lay him down and relieved the pressure from his neck. When you check to see if he’s still alive, you find that it is too late. This tragic story of Tyler Long from Murray County, GA, is an example of the effect of cyber-bullying. Cyber-bullying is an issue teens face throughout the world. It’s a problem because it is easier to be bullied online, it is harder to prevent, and still has an effect in the aftermath. According to Ann Frisén, Professor of Psychology at the University of Gothenburg, “cyber-bullying can be more serious than conventional bullying, at least with conventional bullying the victim is left alone on evenings and weekends” (76). It’s a lot easier to bully on the internet for the fact that it allows the person to act anonymous and is much harder to trace. One could be bullied 24/7 or whenever they check their phone or get online. In the comfort of your home, the media can impact your life with just one message on a social website. Most of the time, you never know the severity until the last minute. A teen needs a powerful way to fuel their self personally and to boost their popularity. What other way to do that than bullying another. “They seek out the weak ones and prove to their peers that they are ‘powerful’. Bullying someone helps the sense of pride” (Toke 25). With over millions of teens on the social sites it is very hard to track bullying. They create fake profiles, pretend to be someone they’re not, and can fool almost everyone. When rumors start, it is almost impossible to pin point where exactly it started from. Even after the proclaimed cyber-bullying is supposedly stopped, it...