Cyberbullying: A Major Problem In Today's Society

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Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Many people may be bullied or cyberbullied during any point in their lives. Cyberbullying causes many tragic effects such as: psychological, emotional, and physical stress. People may cyberbully and/or bully someone else for many reasons including, they want to be popular, to feel powerful, or even to help them cope with their low self-esteem. Cyberbullying is a major problem in today’s society and should be ended. Cyberbullying is classified as when a child, preteen, or teen is humiliated, harassed, tormented, or targeted by another child using technology. Cyberbullying can take many forms such as: sending messages or threats to a persons email or cell phone, spreading …show more content…
The difference between being bullied in person and being bullied online is that in person someone can avoid certain situations in which they are around a bully. Cyberbullying is worse because even when the victim is alone a cyberbully can still interact with them. Cyberbullies post things online anonymously; they do this so they cannot be tracked down easily. With the internet being so large, it is impossible to delete a harmful post quickly. Therefore, anyone being cyberbullied cannot get away from their bully. Most cyberbullying is started by someone they know to purposely destroy their reputation, but it is becoming more popular for people to cyberbully because they hold personal information about the victim (“Examples of Cyberbullying“). According to cyberbullying statistics from the i-SAFE foundation, over half of children have been bullied online, and most have been involved in cyberbullying. Many sources say a large number of children do not tell their parents when or if they are being cyber bullied (“Cyberbullying Statistics“). Girls are also twice as likely as boys to be involved in cyberbullying. Girl bullying is often different than that of boys because girls have different ways of interacting with one another. Boys are often more involved in physical bullying. Girls are much sneakier and more secret in their bullying ways. …show more content…
With today’s lack of face-to-face conversation, technology makes it a lot easier for children to go to far. The cyberbully may just see it as a harmless joke but to the victim it’s destroying their life, the bully may not see what their actions are causing. Unlike regular bullying, a cyberbully can be unknown. With the bully being unknown, this makes the victim feel alone and helpless. The advanced technology today makes tracing the attacker nearly impossible. An unknown person helps remove the power so anyone can be a bully if he or she wanted. This also adds to the endless cycle of bullying where the victims are hurt severely

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