The Causes And Effects Of Cyber Bullying In Schools

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“Out of the 77 percent of those bullied, 14 percent have a severe or bad reaction to the abuse, according to recent school bullying statistics. These numbers make up the students that experience poor self-esteem, depression, anxiety about going to school and even suicidal thoughts (bullycide) as a result of being bullied by their peers” (Wordpress, 2015).
Students, parents and school personnel alike have used the term “bullying” to describe the hostile behavior and interactions that occur between pupils in and out of the classroom for dozens of years. From teasing on the playground to pulling someone’s hair these methods of communication have changed drastically within the last couple of years. With the increase and advancement of technology
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A higher percentage of female students than of male students ages 12–18 reported being victims of cyberbullying in 2013” (Fast Facts, n.d.). Merriam-Webster (2016) defines cyberbullying as “the electronic posting of mean-spirited messages about a person (as a student) often done anonymously.” This definition of a cyberbully looks at the culprit in a negative light where as Marilyn Campbell (2013) in her article “Do cyberbullies suffer too? Cyberbullies’ perceptions of the harm they cause to others and to their own mental health” tries to focus on the mental well-being of the bully as well. In the psychological study named the “Stanford Prison Experiment” which was led by the social psychologist Phillip Zimbardo the concept of conformity was researched, but the results can be applied to the mental health of a cyberbully. In this experiment college age male students were paid and randomly assigned to either portray a prison guard or prisoner for a period of two weeks. The prison guards were given sunglasses in order to depersonalize themselves and were not provided with strict rules on ways in which to interact with the prisoners, the prisoners were …show more content…
Why do children feel the need to either physically, verbally, mentally, or any combination of the three, hurt another person. In most households from a young age it is not preached to children to hurt others but rather be kind, so where does this idea of not caring about the emotionally well-being of another person come from. Ken Rigby (2012) attempts to address some of these issues in his article “Bullying in Schools: Addressing Desires, Not Only Behaviors.” Rigby believes that the ways in which teachers are currently handling bullying cases is ineffective. He says “large-scale on-line survey conducted in the USA revealed that over 70% of teachers and counsellors opt to apply punishment in cases in which children perpetrate even mild forms of bullying behavior” (Rigby, 2012, p. 340). This statistic is staggering and shows that in many cases the smallest of bullying behavior goes unapproached, these small acts of bullying could potentially grow larger if not taken care of the first time around and could lead to many issues. Rigby also focuses on desire in his paper, which is believed to be a large factor in wanting to commit an act of bullying in the first place. “Research thus suggests that the desire to bully may have components that figure in some cases of bullying but not others… Different combinations of reasons may fuel the desire to bully someone at different times” (Rigby, 2012, p. 343). This may

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