Traditional Bullying

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Phantasia Crockett

Mrs. Otey

English 4

March 28, 2013

Cyber Bullying

“NO, STOP, DO NOT DO IT, you do not have to kill yourself over someone cyber bullying you”. People today get bullied over the internet. They are often at home and that is basically where the worst things happen. Mostly students get bullied everyday because of how they look, dress, how they talk, ect. Some people take the bullying too far and lead the person who is getting bullied to kill themselves, or cause any type of damage to their body. Some people think there should be a crime law for cyber bullying, because they have been in that situation and it is devastating that people can talk down on other people. Threats or mean comments that focus on things like a person's gender, religion, sexual course, race, or physical differences fall into this category. Whether it is done in person or online, this type of meanness counts as discrimination and is against the law in many states; not only cyber bullying hurting people verbally, but it is hurting people physically.

Should there be a crime law for cyber bullying? There should be laws for cyber bullying because it is just the same as hurting people intentionally. Cyber bullying is important because it leads to rumors, deaths, and tragic accidents. Victims of cyber bullying mostly get bullied where the most teens join with each other and chat like Facebook, Instagram, MySpace, and other teen websites. Cyber bullying has become what the most popularity rated for one time victimization. In the last 2 months it was 12.8% for physical, 36.5% for verbal, 41.0% for relational, and 9.8% for cyber forms. (Uhls, Yalda T).Most studies have found that the majority of victims of cyber bullying know the person behind everything, with many bullies being peers from school. (Uhls, Yalda T) The Swedish study divided the kinds of cyber bullying into text (email and text) and visual (video and phone). Text based cyber bullying was seeming to have a less cruel impact than traditional bullying, but visual felt more cruel than traditional bullying. People who resist making cyber bullying a crime if it results in suicide argue that suicide results from many factors, including problems at home, clinical depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and separation. Some people think cyber bullying should be disciplined at the home and school level, but is not a crime. If the attacks are only verbal, than the victim can let it go. In 1997 the United States Supreme Court said that the internet is protected by the First Amendment. This provides protection for speech that is reasonable under the situation. In the past many people have been cyber bullied, for example there were two students that brought a gun to school and killed 12 students, a teacher, and themselves, after posting threats of violence online. Ever since then, tension has grown between student free speech, online speech, and school safety. ( "Cyber bullying." Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection. Detroit: Gale, 2012.) Cyber bullying has become a common experience for teens around the world. It has the potential to become a more serious problem than traditional bullying. Cyber bullying is usually not a onetime communication, unless it involves a death threat or a credible threat of serious bodily harm. Kids usually know it when they see it, while parents may be more worried about the rude language used by the kids than the hurtful cause of rude and embarrassing posts. The cyber bullying epidemic has the attention of state legislatures, the federal government, and countries across the globe. Cities and towns are also addressing the problem by passing laws about electronic harassment. In 2008 study, 75% of the students with a private profile on a public networking site report using it for creativity, communication skills, and being open to new and diverse views. Cyber bullying is by its nature, limited to verbal than physical insults, and that...
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