Bullying: The Controversy Over Social Media

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Twitter Tyrant Sticks and stones may break my bones, but social media is ruthless. Our culture is built on a spectrum of extremes, and once we possess some sort of advancement in technology, it is all too often taken into the wrong hands and mistreated. Because of the recent capability to freely express what is going through the mind, teenagers are able to fearlessly type words that would never come out of their mouths. There are many things to blame for this, including the decline of social skills in teenagers, as well as the lack of responsibility shown by the parents of the bullying teens. Bridgit Mendler quotes, “People need to realize bullying has just as much of an impact online because words are so cutting and difficult to deal with.” …show more content…
In 2013, the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey published findings that 15% of high school students were electronically bullied in the past year. That means that 15% of high school students are more likely to use alcohol and drugs, skip school and receive poor grades, have lower self-esteem, and have health problems. There are also increased risks of anxiety, depression, and stress-related disorders. Regrettably, there is a percentage of cyberbullying cases that are overlooked, and these cases end in suicide. If the painful fact that teenagers are taking their lives due to bullying on social media doesn’t alter one’s perspective on the situation, then who knows what …show more content…
Social media has created a space for teenagers to participate in the new phenomena of cyberbullying. There is an increased frequency of cyberbullying accredited to the culprits Facebook and Twitter, and regrettably it is just the beginning. Avoiding Facebook drama is next to impossible while Twitter has also become popular fighting grounds for teenagers with rapid witty attacks being made towards someone whether that is directly or indirectly. Facebook and Twitter have consumed lives, and made adolescents insensitive. Tweets are posted without second thought due to the lack of authoritative figures that use the site. Parents are not willing to monitor their child’s social media, or take blame when their child is caught taking place in bullying. Due to teens’ absence of basic social skills such as empathy and leadership, online bullying can lead to an increased risk of depression and anxiety, and can sometimes result in the loss of a young life. Katherine Jenkins said, “Children should be able to live a life free from bullying and harassment and it is time that we all took a stand against this.” Be more than a bystander, and end bullying over social

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