Intro To Cyberbullying
Electronically sending mean messages to another person. “A way of harassing, intimidating, embarrassing, and offending other people”(Merriam Webster Dictionary). This act is called bullying. The action has become even more eye-widening now that it has been modified. Now, bullying is no longer confined to the physical world, but also in cyberspace. Bullying has evolved into a state where it can be performed through emails, text, and social networks.Thus germinating a new word; CYBERBULLYING. Cyberbullying is even more threatening because anyone could a victim of cyberbullying regardless of age, gender, or sexuality. And also because most cyberbullying cases aren’t reported. This research paper would focus on cyberbullying and its causes, as well as the effects it has on the bullied. Using statistics which include surveys. It will also include what the country is doing to prevent cyberbullying and what we can do as individuals to cease cyberbullying. Cyberbullying and Its Causes.
To prevent cyberbullying, one must know the definition and causes of this unfathomable action. According to KidsHealth, "cyberbullying is using technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, of target another person." Cyberbullying comes in all sort of cruelty and it's mostly obvious to receive a cyberbullying text or email, or even phone calls. In 2006 a poll was conducted and it was concluded that 1 in 3 teens and 1 in 6 preteens are victims of cyberbullying (Izenberg, KidsHealth). http://www.cyberbullying.us/2010_charts/cyberbullying_victim_2010.jpg The causes of cyberbullying is generally unknown. I was privileged to interview 3 freshmen from St. Benedict's who were known for cyberbullying. In the interview, I asked them why did they bully online instead of physically. The first and second one said “I do it online because anonymous gives you power.” The last one, who had quite an interesting reason, said “she felt as though I can be more expressive online...
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