We have all been a victim or witness of cyberbullying. If you haven’t, it will most likely happen at some point during your life. We know that cyberbullying has had numerous impacts on people, but did you know that bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider committing suicide? Most victims of cyberbullying have had suicidal thoughts atleast once if not more times. About 58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. More than 4 out of 10 say it has happened to them more than once. This statement tells you that more people have been cyberbullied than you think. Some people believe that cyberbullying is not a major problem and that many people don’t experience it but they are wrong. Cyberbullying is a major problem within our society that has had a negative impact on teens and young adults and needs to come to an end.
As most of us know, cyberbullying is the transmission of cruel or hateful texts or images using the internet or other devices such as cell phones. Rumors are likely to be spread by others via different social media websites.Things such as stalking, bullying, threats, harassment, humiliation and impersonation are all different examples of cyberbullying. Students can experience cyberbullying wherever they have access to a cell phone or a computer. Approximately half of cyberbully victims are also victims of traditional face-to-face bullying. Cyberbullying can occur in many different places but it is a major conflict within our school systems. Studies found in 2006 that 45% of preteens and 30% of teens are cyberbullied during school hours. This is a big deal. It proves that students in the classroom have the ability to bully people on interactive school websites. I say schools need to start monitoring what students do on these sites to help prevent cyberbullying in the classroom.
Everyone has a chance of becoming a victim of cyberbullying. It is pretty simple to classify who is the victim and who is the abuser. The abusers are most likely to be older than the victim. Now am I saying that’s always the case? No. But most of the time that is how it is just because the abuser feels bigger and better than the victim. Some cyberbullies and victims could be complete strangers, but most often they know each other. Sometimes the cyberbullying chooses to remain anonymous. Also the cyberbullying may choose to work within a group of people, which makes it difficult to identify the main abuser. Cyberbullies have many different goals and reasons behind why they do this. Sometimes cyberbullies may feel they are protecting a friend who might be under attack or a target of someone else. Then other times they may not realize what they are doing and how it will affect them later on.
The victims on the other hand are generally more unpopular, weak, isolated, depressed and fearful than their peers, making them a prime target of cyberbullying. People who are searching for acceptance and attention online are more...