Bullying Essay: The Legal Definition Of Cyberbullying

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Cyberbullying The Merriam-Webster online dictionary gives the legal definition of cyberbullying as “the verbal bullying of someone (as a classmate) through the use of often anonymous electronic communication (as online posts or text messages).” The definition explains how cyberbullying is still bullying, but instead of a physical or verbal confrontation, the bullying is manifested through online interactions such as email, social networks, and text messages. On the news we hear about cases of people who have hurt themselves or committed suicide because they have been targets of cyberbullying, or we know someone in our circle of friends or family who have been affected by cyberbullying, but not many of us know how to combat it. My goal with …show more content…
Perpetrators of cyberbullying do not have to own their actions because the internet allows them to remain anonymous. Cyberbullies can use online aliases and other forms of masking their identities to attack their victims. If a victim blocks a particular user for cyberbullying, it can be easy for a cyberbully to create new screen names to re-attack their victims. Cyberbullies believe that they are unknown to the victim and therefore are more likely to say more insensitive things than they would if they were facing their target (Juvonen & Gross, …show more content…
Knowing what sites their kids are visiting, and what activities they are participating online (i.e. online gaming), and who they are interacting with is very important. Applying parental controls and family filters can help deter flaming in online gaming and block sites and forums that allow lewd behavior. Another way to monitor a child’s interactions online is for a parent to “follow” or “friend request” their children on social media. It is also important to encourage kids to tell their parents immediately if they, or someone they know, is being cyberbullied, and letting them know that they will not lose their personal electronic devices for confiding in their parents about problems they are having

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