Once upon a time the age of innocence in the adolescent years was filled with long walks by the pond, playing stickball, dress up, tea parties, rough housing with friends and the love of a favorite doll. Those days are true still today yet in most every ones childhood memory they have been subjected or their friends were at the mercy of the schoolyard bully. The aggressive kid that was determined to make at least one other schoolmates life miserable whether it was muscle over might or sheer hostility and teasing the meek in spirit or stature. In these commonly witnessed scenarios a variety of outcomes would result whether it was the good, standing up to evil or the good being terrorized for eternal scars and wounds that have yet to heal in their adult life. The age of this brute force displayed in hall ways, nursery schools and ball fields is nearly a scenario of the past as bullies formulate playgrounds through technological means in the form of social media sites such as Face Book, Twitter and a host of free blogging sites to mention a few avenues of the modern day bully school yard venue. Bullies once ruled the left of the sandbox just behind the swing set, yet their territory was limited to extortion tactics for lunch money, candy or other intimidation factors by pint size tormentors. The digital age is clearly revolutionary, it defines a lifestyle and culture in todays world that also lends itself to advancements such as cyber bullying, allowing predators of all ages to interrupt what should be the safe haven in life; home.
The eternal effects of cyber bullying on the victim and their families is potentially fatal as pointed out in the May 2013, Journal of Youth and Adolescence article by, published authors and psychology graduate’s in adolescent studies, Brett Litwiler and Amy Brausch. The article not only identifies this form of bullying as a problem but Litwiler and Brausch state,
The impact of bullying in all forms on the mental health and safety of adolescents is of particular interest, especially in the wake of new methods of bullying that victimize youths through technology.
In, “Cyber Bullying and Physical Bullying in Adolescent Suicide: The Role of Violent Behavior and Substance Use”, Litwiler and Brausch point out studies where the propensity of drug use, unsafe sexual behavior and suicidal behavior were all effects of youth cyber bullying. (Litwiler and Brausch)
The harassment received via the use of technology from emails, text, and Internet usage on social networking sites is a clear injustice to the protection and safe wellbeing of its victims. Individual states within the United States, since 2010, have developed laws and policies for the prevention of bullying that protect children, however, the government Stop Bullying campaign reports,
At present, no federal law directly addresses bullying. In some cases, bullying overlaps with discriminatory harassment, which is covered under federal civil rights laws enforced by the...