When social media was created, it became an innovative way to stay connected with people. It grasped the minds and hearts of many. People could communicate and share anything to anyone at any time. Social media is more popular among teenagers than adults, and it is more popular among younger teenagers than older ones (Kowalski, Limber, and Agatston 4). They find this as a better alternative to communicate with their peers. Unfortunately, like all new inventions, its purpose was inevitably perverted. The misuse of social media has paved the way to the harm and negativity that is cyberbullying.
Physical bullying still occurs. However, since the rise of social media, people now face a new type of bullying known as cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is the use of email, digital messages, web sites, or images to bully somebody (Kowalski, Limber, and Agatston 1). Cyberbullying is a relatively new topic, as it has not been touched upon a lot. Cyberbullying can happen throughout any age group. Even so, it has appeared to be more common around teens. Back in the 1900’s, the main thing a child had to worry about was the schoolyard bully. With technology advancement and convenience, teens are growing up with technology all around
them. So, access to social media outlets has been made easier and better. Unfortunately, it makes it easier to use cyberbullying in various forms.
Cyberbullying can branch out different ways that can further degrade people. Flaming is a heated exchange between two or more people using social media (Kowalski, Limber, and Agatston 62). It is used as a form of harassment, by sending offensive messages to someone via communication technology (Kelsey 109). Denigration is posting cruel, false information for the sole purpose of hurting someone and their reputation (Trolley and Hanel 39). One can also impersonate someone else and post material that make that person look bad or endanger them (Kelsey 109). Cyber bullies also use a method known as “Outing and Trickery.” An individual is tricked into revealing secrets or other personal information (Trolley and Hanel 39). Then that information is shared with others (Kowalski, Limber, and Agatston 65). Cyber stalking is the use of communications technology for repeated denigration and harassment (Rogers 18). It is also used as a means to invoke fear (Rogers 18). Cyber stalking is more geared towards adults than children (Trolley and Hanel 34). Sexting involves sending nude pictures or videos, by use of messaging, to create embarrassment and anxiety (Kowalski, Limber, and Agatston 68). The older a person is, the greater the likelihood of being involved with sexting (Goldman 97). All of these methods have been made available by social media. Therefore, social media has given cyberbullying numerous branches to expand on.
With traditional bullying, an individual can go home and get away from the bully until the next day. With cyberbullying, it is everywhere. Cyberbullying can come...