Cyber Bullying And The Cyber Hoax Essay

1167 Words May 16th, 2015 5 Pages
In 2006, Missouri resident Megan Meier looked forward to turning 14 and having her braces removed. Three weeks before her birthday, however, Megan would become the victim of a “cruel cyber hoax,” devastating her family and friends, as well as the country, after taking her own life (Steinhauer; Parents). Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University freshman and talented violinist, jumped off George Washington Bridge near Manhattan in 2010 after his roommate streamed an online video of him having an intimate encounter with another man (Tyler). Extreme cases such as these are only occasionally seen, but lower profile instances of cyber bullying occur across the nation each day. Although some may argue that the statistics are insufficient to assume cyber bullying is directly linked to severe incidents such as suicide among teens, and that traditional bullying remains a prevalent issue despite programs created to address it, surveys taken by the Cyber Bullying Research Center as well as independent researchers make it clear that cyber bullying is a growing concern that must be confronted for the well being of a population becoming ever more immersed in a technological “cyber” world. StopBullying.gov, an organization working to increase awareness of bullying and its effects, defines “bullying” as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children (not to say bullying cannot take place in adult environments, as well) that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.” This behavior…

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