Social Networking and Cyber Bullying.?
Professor Sophie Sills
March 8, 2012
So many students and kids are victims of cyber bullying whether this bullying is in school or from home. I think parents need to have control over who their kids talk to on face book and other social networking sites. Also I think school principals and administrators should take the necessary steps to prevent cyber bullying from school. Cyber bullying should be considered a crime and I think all law enforcement agencies should consider this. Cyber bullying is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor. When adults become involved, it is plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyber stalking. Adult cyber-harassment or cyber stalking is never called cyber bullying. Cyber-bullying may seem like nothing since there's no physical contact, but in reality it can hurt even more than the actual thing. Behind those monitors are real people with real feelings; some have been driven to depression, some have been driven to physical bullying, and some have been driven to suicide.
A 15- year -old girl from Massachusetts by the name of Phoebe Prince was a victim of cyber bullying. She is an immigrant from Ireland and she moved to Massachusetts. “Afterward, her fellow students came forward to tell school officials that Prince had been teased incessantly, taunted by text messages and harassed on social networking sites like Facebook”.(Donaldson 2010). In schools across The United States, minors are being bullied every single day. Bullying has escalated from the schoolyards to the classroom in previous years and it goes from the school to the home via cyberspace today. "Cyber Bullying" is when a child, preteen or teenager is bullied, harassed, humiliated, threatened, embarrassed, or targeted in some way by another child, preteen, or teenager with, cell phones and other forms of technology. In order for someone to have this title of a cyber-bully their intent must be to cause emotional distress, and there must be no legitimate purpose for the communication. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor. Once an adult becomes involved it is no longer considered cyber bullying; it is then considered cyber harassment or cyber stalking. The Internet has created a whole new world of social communications for young people who are using e-mail, Web sites, instant messaging, chat rooms and text messaging to stay in touch with friends and make new ones. While most communications are positive, more and more kids are using these social tools to intimidate others. In 2006, The United States House of Representatives passed The Deleting Online Predators Act of 2006, which consists of public schools and libraries to block student access to commercial social-networking sites such as MySpace.com some individuals do not favor this bill because it unfairly blocks learning applications and websites necessary for the students to learn and communicate. In addition, there is already an act that blocks content that is harmful to minors it is The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). There are several ways that young people bully others online. They send e-mails or instant messages containing insults or threats directly to a person. They may also spread hateful, sexual, and/or provocative comments about a person through e-mail, instant messaging or postings on web sites and online blogs. An increasing number of kids are being bullied by text messages through their cell phones. These phones are challenging the ability of adults to monitor and guide children because, unlike a computer placed in a public area of a home,...
References: Meier, Meagan. Cyber Bullying Prevention Act. Us House of Representatives Bil H.R. 6123
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