Essay on Cyber Bullying

1477 Words Dec 16th, 2010 6 Pages
ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO I SAW A STORY ON THE NEWS THAT REALLY CAUGHT MY ATTENTION. IT WAS THE STORY OF MEAGAN MEIER, AND EIGHT GRADER IN O’FALLON MISSOURI. ALTHOUGH SHE WAS DESCRIBED BY HER PARENTS AS A BUBBLY GOOFY GIRL WHO ENJOYED SPENDING TIME WITH HER FRIENDS AND FAMILY, SINCE THE THIRD GRADE MEAGAN HAD BEEN SEEING A PSYCHIATRIST AND TAKING MEDICATIONS FOR ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER AND DEPRESSION AND SHE ALSO CONSIDERED HERSELF OVERWEIGHT. IN 2006, SHORTLY AFTER MEAGAN HAD FALLEN OUT WITH A FRIEND FOR ALLEGEDLY SPREADING RUMORS ABOUT THIS FRIEND LORI DREW, THE MOTHER OF THIS FORMER FRIEND ALONG WITH HER DAUGHTER AND A CO-WORKER, DECIDED TO MAKE A FAKE MYSPACE ACCOUNT ASSUMED TO BE THE ACCOUNT OF A 16 YEAR OLD BOY NAMED JOSH EVANS. TO …show more content…
CONSTANTLY HEARING THESE STORIES IN THE NEWS LET ME KNOW THAT CYBER-BULLYING IS A GROWING PHENOMENON AFFECTING MANY LIVES AROUND THE WORLD WHICH IS WHY I CHOSE THIS TOPIC TO RESEARCH. TODAY I WANT TO TELL YOU WHAT PROFESSIONALS DESCRIBE AS CYBER-BULLYING ,SOME OF THE ACCREDITED RESEARCH DONE ON CYBER BULLYING, HOW CYBER-BULLYING AFFECTS ADULTS AND THE WORKPLACE, AND SOME OF THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF CYBER-BULLYING. THE NATIONAL CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL DEFINES CYBER-BULLYING AS WHEN THE INTERNET, CELL PHONES, OR OTHER DEVICES ARE USED TO SEND OR POST TEXT OR IMAGES INTENDED TO HURT OR EMBARRASS ANOTHER PERSON. STOPCYBERBULLYING.ORG, AN EXPERT ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO INTERNET SAFETY, SECURITY AND PRIVACY, DEFINES CYBER-BULLYING AS A SITUATION WHEN A CHILD OR TEEN IS REPEATEDLY TORMENTED, THREATENED, HARASSED, HUMILIATED, EMBARRASSED, OR OTHERWISE TARGETED BY ANOTHER CHILD OR TEENAGER USING TEXT MESSAGES, EMAIL, INSTANT MESSAGING, OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY. OTHER RESEARCHERS USE SIMILAR LANGUAGE TO DESCRIBE THIS PHENOMENON. CYBER BULLYING CAN BE AS SIMPLE AS SENDING EMAILS TO SOMEONE WHO NO LONGER WANTS CONTACT WITH THE SENDER. THESE EMAILS MAY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THREATS, SEXUAL REMARKS, OR HATE SPEECH. CYBER BULLIES SOMETIMES GANG UP ON VICTIMS BY POSTING FORUMS TO MAKE THE VICTIM THE SUBJECT OF RIDICULE. THESE BULLIES MAY DISCLOSE THE VICTIMS PERSONAL DATA SUCH AS THEIR

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