Gitte Falkenburg once said, “ Stick and Stones can break your bones, but words can hurt your soul”. This quote is accurate because pain is only temporary, but words can also affect one’s psychological and emotional states in long term. So, how easy it is to hurt someone through electronic communication? People only need to send one or two text messages to launch an attack of insults and rumors, and within few minutes, everyone will know about it. This is an alarming issue that should be address because there are recent cases of suicide from cyberbullying. For instance, a few years ago, the case of Amanda Todd, a 15-year-old girl, who committed suicide because a bully bullied and tormented her. This incident was a wake up call across Canada. Therefore, cyberbullying is an important subject that should be address, because cyberbullying promotes poor behaviours, affects victim, and it makes the Internet an unsafe playground for children. In this essay, the paper will explain the benefits, consequences, and solutions to cyber bulling.
What is cyberbullying?
According to Anderson and Sturm, cyberbullying involves the use of information and communication technologies such as e-mail, cell phone and paper text messages, instant messaging, defamatory online personal polling Web sites, to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group that is intended to harm others (as cited in Belsey, n.a)
First of all, in our generation, many children have access to electronic devices, and they use it for their daily communication and social networking. According to Dempsey and Storch (2009), they estimated that at least 90% of adolescents use the Internet, with 50% using it on a daily basis (as cited in Lenhart, Madden, & Hitlin, 2005). The cyber world is place where children can freely express feeling, thoughts, and ideas without an agent’s authorities (e.g. parents, friends, and schools). Although, the Internet helps a child develop social communication with other people. Yet, they are still vulnerable to threats, and they do not know what kind of dangers and consequences the Internet awaits them.
So why do people bully others?
The question is simple, cyberbullying usually occurs outside of school playground, and it always occurs at home in a child’s electronic device and social networks. In other words, the electronic communication tools (e.g. cell phones, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube) hide the bullies and maintain anonymity (Junoven & Gross, 2008). Cyberbullying is different from the old traditional bullying, because cyberbullying allows youth to be bully from multiple locations. In addition, cyberbullying or cyber victimization is a potential threat to young children; it may harm and hurt them in many forms (e.g. physical, psychological, emotional, and relational) (Patchin & Hinduja, 2010).
First, as mentioned before, many youths and adolescents are bullied in the home environment via the electronic devices...