Essay about Morality - Cyber Bullying

952 Words Aug 31st, 2013 4 Pages
Cyber Bullying
"Cyber-bullying" is when a person is harassed, embarrassed, intimidated, terrorised, tormented, threatened, or otherwise targeted by person using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones by means of threats, sexual remarks, negative labels, ridicule, false statements or disclosure of personal data. it is sometimes referred to as cyber-harassment or cyber stalking. The methods used are limited only by the child's imagination and access to technology. Traditional bullying has been characterized by the following; an intention by the bully to hurt the target (emotionally or physically) an imbalance of power, a continued threat of further aggression, an inability by the target to defend themselves, or
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One case is that of Allem Halkic. In 2009 Allem Halkic killed himself after suffering weeks of abuse through the internet and text messages. The Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal has ruled the teenager died as the result of an act of violence; this happens all too often, young people are pushed to the brink where they can’t take it anymore and they snap, with horrific consequences.
According to the Cyber-bullying Research Centre, 2013, "there have been several high‐profile cases involving teenagers taking their own lives in part because of being harassed and mistreated over the Internet, a phenomenon we have termed cyberbullicide – suicide indirectly or directly influenced by experiences with online aggression." Cyber-bullying is an intense form of psychological abuse, whose victims are more than twice as likely to suffer from mental disorders compared to traditional bullying. The reluctance youth have in telling an authority figure about instances of cyber-bullying has led to fatal outcomes. At least three children between the ages of 12 and 13 have committed suicide due to depression brought on by cyber-bullying, according to reports by USA Today and the Baltimore Examiner.

Many bullies simply are not aware that they are cyber-bullying until it is too late. They don’t realise that their activities are causing emotional suffering and could be defined as criminal offences. Most young people cannot separate the lines between jokes

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