Cyberbullying Is Dangerous Analysis

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Cyberbullying is hurtful and to do nothing about it is unacceptable. Despite that, there are the action plans set in place to stop cyberbullying. Are they doing too much or not enough? Suzanne Phillips the writer of “Cyberbullying is dangerous” believes to deal with the problem with more prevention and control. Tim Cushing the writer of “cyberbullying problem is overhyped” speaks of them doing too much and actually causing more harm than good. Suzanne Phillips and Tim Cushing both approach the cyberbullying problem differently, but Cushing has the superior view to tackling the true issues such as misinterpretation of cyber bullying, ineffective programs, and exposing misleading statistics.

Cyberbullying is a problem, but it is often misinterpreted
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But the statistics from both writers are used completely different. Phillips uses statistics to show that cyber bullying is on the rise. Phillips stated, “four in ten teens experienced online bullying” equaling 40% of teens. Phillips states this with astonishment as if that is a massive number, but Philips use of the statistic is misleading. Although, Cushing uses similar statistics that Phillips uses. Cushing adds more information with them. Such as stating “42% have been bullied online, but only 25% have had it happen “more than once.”” That goes back to the first point made of misinterpretation of cyberbullying. Cushing believes that company such as I-safe, an anti bullying organization, uses these statistics without the extra information with them, to make money off of schools buying into them. The statistics used by both writers are solid, but they lack the supporting information that Cushing provides debunking many misleading statistics. To do nothing about cyber bullying is unacceptable. But when there is what Cushing calls “watered down” definitions of cyber bullying there is many mistakes being made to correct the problem. Tim Cushing’s approach to the cyber bullying problem has the superior view; tackling the true issues such as misinterpretation of cyberbullying, ineffective programs, and exposing misleading statistics. To contain the issue, people must understand it. With Tim Cushing’s views many issues could be prevented and

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