Sticks and stones may break my bones but words feel more like daggers. This simply says that mere name-calling does give rise to a cause of action. It is not necessary to be physically harmed in order to suffer lasting harm. Bullying is usually the intimidation, the process of intimidating or mistreating someone weaker or in a more vulnerable state. This could be teasing or taunting a class mate because they are in some way different. But what happens when our school yard bully becomes our Facebook harasser? This is definitely nothing new to society but thanks to the internet, instant messaging programs, E-mails, text messaging and social networks teens are now being bullied online. Some may feel that bullying is a part of growing up, they
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The research and study of cyberbullying is growing but not as fast as the problem itself. The Second Youth Internet Safety Survey is a national telephone survey of a random sample of 1500 Internet users between the ages of 10 and 17 years conducted between March and June 2005. Thirty-two percent of harassment targets reported chronic harassment, or more than one encounter with their harasser. Researchers also found that cyberbullying, “was more closely linked to suicidal thoughts than in-person bullying.” States, Andrew M. Seanman of The Baltimore Sun newspaper. He believes that “the cyber bullying victims feel belittled in front of a wider audience and may relive the attacks because they are stored on the Internet”.
Many residents do not know that Maryland has took a stand on cyberbullying. Maryland schools has partnered with the social media website Facebook to combat bullying. Liz Bowie inputs in her article posted in The Baltimore Sun newspaper, that “Facebook will help educate school systems on better ways to combat cyber bullying and give them a channel to the social media giant to report offensive behavior.” One person from each school district is designated to work with Facebook, and if they come across something that may be deemed bullying there is a process they can go through to report the abuse. Even as a top school official,