Cyber bullying is another example of bullying that has been occurring a lot more throughout middle school and high school due to the advancement of technology and the rising usage of social media outlets like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The Cyber Bullying Research Center reports that “There are over 1.35 billion monthly active Facebook users worldwide, 200 million monthly active Instagram users worldwide and 36 million monthly active Twitter users worldwide. Half of all those users have been or are being bullied online which can lead to anxiety, depression, drug abuse and suicide” (Cyber Bullying Research Center 2010). This problem needs to be eliminated because this form of teen violence can lead to young people harming themselves or worse, killing themselves. Our government needs to implement harsher punishments to cyber bullies because they need to know that causing others to suffer from cyber bullying is wrong and they need to understand that many young people have taken their own lives due to someone saying something detrimental to them online.
Cyber bullying is such a big problem because tweens / teens are experiencing depression
and anxiety, they are skipping school causing poor academic performance and committing
suicide. This problem can be difficult to address because it assumes many different form, such as
chatting online, sending text messages, emails and any forms of communications utilizing
technology. Moreover, “once things are circulated on the internet, they may never disappear,
resurfacing at later times to renew the pain of cyber bullying” (Bullying Statistics 2010). The actions of cyber bullying have more reach as bullies go viral, because people from all corners of the world can become involved. The anonymity of cyber bullying is one reason people do it because they can cross moral and ethical lines and intentionally hurt their victims without dealing with the consequences of their actions. “Recent surveys indicted that 15% of children have received threatening messages online or on their phones. The majority of those who are bullied are girls. These figures are disquieting, not only because of their sheer size, but because the message strike outside of school, onto the phones and PC’s of other children . Its seeping into the heart and home and it is something that can be done reasonably anonymously, sometimes with devastating results such as attempt of suicide” (Digital Trends Staff 2006). Also with technology evolving at a rapid rate, many parents and adults find it difficult keeping up with it. Thus a victim’s agony may be overlooked and the bully’s actions go unpunished because adults do not have the sufficient tools or know how to deal with the issue.
Educating not only the middle school students and high school students, but their parents as well, because they need to know what signs to look for in order to tell if their child is being bullied or doing the bullying....