The Effects Of Cyberbullying On Students

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situations. The sense of vulnerability, caused by either lack of parental supervision or the nature of cyberbullying, can be linked to traditional bullying through the victim’s experience of ‘helplessness’ (Grigg, 2010). This ‘helplessness’ is related to the victim not being able to protect him or herself. As a result, this can cause an imbalance of power and they are vulnerable to an attack.
The majority of cyberbullying incidents are an extension of the face-to-face bullying (Snakenborg, Van Acker, & Gable, 2011). Cyberbullying and traditional bullying seem to go hand-in-hand and tend to be directed toward the same victims (Juvonen & Gross, 2008). Seiler and Navarro (2014) found that the general use of digital media did not predict cyberbullying,
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It can also start to affect a student’s academic performance and disrupts the learning environment entirely (Seiler & Navarro, 2014). Victimized children often become isolated and believe that they have to deal with the cyberbullying on their own. These children frequently wonder when someone else will say something and come to their aid. The long lasting effects of cyberbullying need to be examined further from a longitudinal perspective, but it is clear that students who are cyberbullied or bullied on a daily basis have physical and mental repercussions (Nixon, 2014). Bullies also experience negative effects from the bullying behaviors. They frequently do not have many friends, do not have a good home life, and may be labeled as a bad kid (Meland et. al, 2010). Bullying behaviors may become present because bullies do not know how to express their anger in any other way. The victim should always be the first concern when safety is addressed, but the perpetrator needs to be kept in mind, as …show more content…
Parents must start to take a more active role in observing their child’s online interactions on the internet (Snakenborg, Van Acker, & Gable, 2011). Schools are unable to police cyberbullying outside of the school property. As such, parents are the first defense in protecting the physical, psychological, and emotional wellbeing of their child. The prevention of cyberbullying needs to start in the home of the child. Supervision by parents and guardians is needed so that risky behaviors are not taking place online, thereby creating an area where cyberbullying can grow and exist in the child’s life. Prevention programs and strategies also need to be implemented in the school setting. Schools need to indorse an anti-bullying stance to stop traditional bullying and to stop the stem of cyberbullying. By doing this, schools can become a safe place for students. With prevention and intervention efforts, students will be able to function more normally and not experience the long term effects that bullying has on individuals (Nixon,

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