Life should be the creation of beauty, happiness, and sincerity, however, our generation has allowed these values to decrease through the form of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is when someone uses technology to threaten, harass, embarrass, or target another person publicly (New, 2012). The technologies that are starting to be used are no longer just computer, however, has expanded to phones, tablets, and even game systems (New, 2012). By definition, cyberbullying is used to describe the misuse of technology between children (New, 2012). The definition of cyberbullying is not interchangeable when referring to adults and children. When an adult misuse the internet to hurt others, this is considered as cyber- harassment or cyber stalking, which can lead to jail time, if found guilty (New, 2012).
There are many methods that can cause shame or hurt to another person through cyberbullying. Some of the less noticeable, which are becoming more apparent over time, are things such as impersonating a victim on line, posting personal information, photos, or videos which were designed to break down someone’s personal character or physical traits (New, 2012). The more noticeable forms of cyber bullying are being implemented through the form of text messages, Facebook, twitter, Instagram, and other forms of social media websites. Although there are ways for children to block certain content, it is almost impossible to get rid of all cyberbullying on the internet. There are pages that have specifically been created to harass, bully, and hurt the people using these websites (New, 2012).
Awareness is being raised about this issue because of the number of children who are being hurt by the actions of others online. The reason cyberbullying can impact a child so much is because once something is posted, it will remain on the internet; there is no way to make it vanish. Many children have turned to suicide because of cyberbullying (Landau, 2013). Cyberbullying can lead to injuries, both mentally, and physically which have resulted to death in many cases (Landau, 2013). Approximately 22% of people who said they have been physically bullied and 26% who have been bullied through text messages have considered suicide (Landau, 2013). In comparison 28% of people that have been bullied through the form of cyberbullying have considered suicide (Landau, 2013).
Our generations of teenagers have intensified cyberbullying, which can be a result of the new technologies created for children. These new technologies have given children another outlet to harass and threaten other children. Cyberbullying is very similar to the bullying that one would see in school (Landau, 2013). Both forms of bullying include harassment, humiliation, teasing, and aggressive behaviors towards another person (Landau, 2013). In many cases of cyberbullying, there is a great risk of anxiety, depression, and other mental disorders because of the high level of stress it can cause on a person. Bullied...