Social Media And Bullying

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Over the last ten years, social media have developed dramatically. They play an important role in many different aspects of human life. Social media are defined as “a collection of online platforms and tools that people use to share contents, profiles, opinions, insights, experiences, perspectives and media itself, facilitation conversations and interactions online between groups of people” (Heidi Cohen). With the invention of social networking, people have an opportunity to interact with other people by exchanging pictures, videos, and instant messages at an utterly astonishing rate. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat…are some of many popular social network websites that are available for everybody. They use the Internet to attract billions …show more content…
Bullying has been going on in the society since most of people can remember, but as the modern world continues to advance in technology, bully has been taken on a new level. Some people have experienced of being bullied or been witnessed to it in one way or another. A few years ago, a child dealing with bully at school could escape from it when he/she got home. Unfortunately, that is no longer a case. The development in social media allows a bully to possibly go beyond the classroom into the child’s home life. According to the Daily News, there are 83% of middle school students who own cellphones with Internet access by 2012 (Kerr) and 82.5% of household in the U.S with Internet use (Ryan). This allows the students to have access to the Internet and spend more time on social networks such as MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Traditional bully already gives the kids the intense and fear at school, and the freedom of connecting to the Internet all the time just give children another avenue to bully one another. One of the stories that striking and took place in 2013 is the story of Rebecca Ann Sedwick. She was a twelve year old teenage girl. She committed suicide due to the hatred commentary on Kik Messenger. She began joining some social networks when she was in seventh grade. And she was cyberbullied by a group of 15 middle-school children who urged her to kill herself. They barraged Rebecca with hostile text messages such as “Why you’re still alive,” “You’re ugly”, and “Can u die please?” (Alvarez). After while dealing with these malevolent messages, she reached the end of hope and decided to send the last messages to her friends, saying goodbye forever. Alvarez stated that, “Rebecca became one of the youngest members of growing list of children and teenagers apparently driven to suicide, at least in part, after being maligned, threatened and

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