Cyber Bullying: The Consequences Of Cyberbullying

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Times have changed since old high school days of playground bullying. The cruel actions of cyberbullying have gone viral, becoming a digital playground for bullies, attacking teenagers, and causing many to commit suicide. Over 4500 kids commit suicide each year due to bullying. Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology, which includes using devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites (stopbullying.gov2014).
Teenagers are using this to threaten and harass other teens by sending threating messages, posting embarrassing pictures of the victims on social media websites; such as Facebook, Myspace, and
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No type of bullying is harmless especially cyberbullying. In some cases, it can lead to criminal behavior.
The victims of cyberbullying usually suffer shame, embarrassment, anger, depression, and negative views toward themselves. Cyberbullying is often anonymous and the nature of the internet allows it to spread quickly to thousands of people. As a blogger on Tumblr stated, “Anonymous hate hurts us because when we read it, we don’t hear the attacker’s voice. We hear our own.”
It is not always easy to know when and if kids are being bullied, for most teens are always connected to the internet in some way, rather it is by cell phones, computers, or games. As long as he or she has access to any of these devices, they’re at risk “According to the National Crime Prevention Council (2010), while at school kids are being bullied, in hope they go home they may escape from it only to find once they get online, it is still there.” As much time as they are spending online or on cell phones, it is very important to be able to recognize the signs of cyberbullying. Signs of cyberbullying are as follows: Emotional signs consist of: (1) Becomes withdrawn or shy (2) Shows signs of depression (3) Very moody or agitated (4) Anxious or stressed (5) Shows aggressive

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