Bullying: The Benefits And Effects Of Cyberbullying

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The rise in technology in this era brought both benefits and problems to the world. One of the problems society is facing right now is cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is the act of bullying that occurs online. Cyberbullying has a very broad definition which leads to many people misinterpreting it and giving it their own definition. The misinterpretation of the term makes it appear much worse than it actually is and causes society to worry and be unnecessarily cautious. Cyberbullying is an over-exaggerated issue that is created by inaccurate statistics and the distorted publicizing of horrific cases, that are normalizing the occurrence of cyberbullying and taking the attention away from the bigger problem that is traditional bullying.

There are a few cases where victims that are cyberbullied end their lives by means of suicide. When the media gets wind of stories like this they are quick to make it look like the sole cause of the victim’s suicide was the cyberbullying. However, this presumption is wrong, children do not end their lives because of a few mean comments online. Suicide is usually caused by untreated depression. Many people decide to take their own lives because their
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“Meech states that victims have no safe haven from cyber-bullying because it reaches into homes and invades the technologies most children now depend upon for communication.”(Meech) This is a very poor argument as this situation can easily be avoided. The victim could always block or report the perpetrator. If it gets really extreme they can also avoid using that specific social media site or create a new account. Unlike cyberbullying which is easily escapable, traditional bullying is much harder to get away from as traditional bullying mostly takes place at school. This makes it harder for victims to escape as it is a requirement for them to attend school and face their bully

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