As the effects of cyber bullying are becoming a growing problem, the criminalization of cyber bullying is needed to prevent its harmful repercussions to the United States and serve as a deterrent. Cyber bullying has become the 21st century version of bullying; it has extended beyond the classroom and onto a virtual world that seems to have no real-life effects. The world is now able to bully someone in the comfort of his or her own home, at any given point, with the use of technology. However, Cyber bullying still proves to have lasting impacts on the victim and it is now time for the offender to feel the ramifications of their actions.
Studies indicate that cyber bullying incidents have quadrupled in past five years. Cyber bullying has become an immense issue recently. Every time someone turns on the news there is another bullying, or a suicide related to bullying, incident being reported. Many celebrities are trying to send out a message to their followers saying that bullying is not right and should not be tolerated. Some observers of today’s youth and media culture believe that today’s media environment could be desensitizing young people to the hurtful effects of their actions. The expansion of communication technologies is widening the way bully’s can torture their victims. Cyber bullies will continue to be a threat to today’s youth unless preventative measures are taken against them. Technology won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, so it is important to find a way to put an end to cyber-bullies.
Traditional bullying each school day impacts approximately half of U.S. students. Cyber bullying is technology powered and as technology expands it is getting harder and harder to see and prevent bullying from happening. Bullying over the Internet makes it easy for the tormenter to get away with their destructive behavior without any consequences. Consequences are the missing factor from this equation. The article, “What is Cyber bullying: Bullying Comes Home” states, “Bullying is not new but thanks to the Internet teens are now being bullied at home. Online harassment is a serious problem” (Hardcaslte). Although the Internet has opened many doors to new opportunities, it has unfortunately taken bullying to another level. As the article, “Cyber Bullying Facts” states, “as the number of households with Internet access approaches saturation and cell phone ownership expands to the 100 million mark, so do the ways kids bully each other” (Ross). Anything sent out into cyberspace is very difficult, sometimes impossible, to remove. Therefore, being cyber bullied can sometimes be much more severe than traditional bullying. Cyber bullying can cause harmful repercussions that are simply avoidable.
Criminalizing cyber bullying would act as a deterrent. The criminalization 0f cyber bullying would decrease the number of people who do it, because they would now know the consequences of performing such actions. Criminalization of what seems to be...