Cyber Bullying And Its Effects On Society Essay

1080 Words Nov 18th, 2016 5 Pages
Each year, many children, teenagers, and even, young adults are affected by some form of cyber-bullying, anywhere from an embarrassing picture or video posted on Facebook to a malicious text message. According to Peter Smith and his colleagues, they define cyber-bulling as, “An aggressive, intentional act carried out by a group or individual, using an electronic form of contact, such as e-mail, instant messages, digital images, and messages sent to a cell phone.” (Kowalski, Limber, Agatston, 57). Cyber-bullying destroys many lives and family, so I believe it should be taken more seriously now than it has ever been. In 2015, a Massachusetts high school student hung herself after being bullied, and six of her classmates were charged in her death. A Rutgers student, Tyler Clementi, jumped to his death after his roommate and another student videotaped him during a gay dorm room encounter, and the two students were only charged with invasion of privacy. (Billiteri, 1013). Many states have laws against cyber-bullying but, some people believe there should be harsher punishments and others believe it will do more harm than good. If harsher punishments were supported the numbers of emotional problems, such as depression and anxiety, would be reduced. Bullying experts say that most victims of cyber-bullying become clinically depressed and alienate themselves from their friends, they lose interest in hobbies that they once enjoyed, and close themselves off from the world.…

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