Should We Stop Online Bullying And Punish The People Who Perpetrate It?

1755 Words Jul 20th, 2015 null Page
Chat with friends, play games, advertise, keep up with family, discover new people, share pictures and videos—oh, the things you can do on social media! This use of cyberspace lets users from all over the world interact and do things together in a free and fun environment, but in this free environment also lurks a menacing threat. Because of its easy-going nature, social media allows people to insult, bully, and threaten others. This activity is often referred to as cyberbullying. Sadly, many participate in cyberbullying without fear of punishment. One study shows that 81 percent of adolescents believe cyberbullying “is easier to get away with than bullying in person.” (Cox Communications 23). In order to punish cyberbullies, we should all do our part as individuals to report them so that future attempts to bully others over the internet are cut off. But why should we work to stop online bullying and punish the people who perpetrate it?
To answer that question, we need to know why it’s so bad. The first reason is that cyberbullying is physically and mentally harmful to the victim. Victims of cyberbullying are susceptible to “depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, alienation, and suicidal intentions.” (King 851). In her article “When a Bullied Kid Grows up,” Elizabeth Landau interviews Mike Sarkany who explains how victims can suffer from these effects of bullying for the rest of their lives. Some people believe that cyberbullying doesn’t harm the victims since it isn’t…

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