Technology means that bullying is no longer limited to schoolyards or street corners. As technology use begins to increase, so does cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology may include devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites. Chris Rowan states the obvious, commenting “a mere 20 years ago, children used to play outside all day, riding bikes, playing sports and building forts” (The Impact of Technology 1). Because so many kids are caught up in the latest technology and no longer care about playing outside, it is much easier to access the internet and therefore talk, and even harass, other kids. Unlike traditional bullying, cyberbullying doesn't require physical strength or face-to-face contact. Many kids say things online to others they would never say in person— this is why cyberbullying is so popular; kids want to feel big and bad, in control, and superior to their peers. The only way to feel like this is to be feared by others.
Cyberbullying is different than face to face bullying in a number of ways: Cyberbullying can happen any time of the day or night and even when a child is alone. “Cyberbullying
messages and images can be posted anonymously and distributed quickly to a very wide audience. It can be difficult and sometimes impossible to trace the source. Deleting inappropriate or harassing messages, texts, and pictures is extremely difficult after they have been posted or sent” (Dealing with Cyberbullying 1). Cellphones and computers are not to blame for online bullying. Social media sites can be used in a positive way, depending on how the user decides to use the site. If a user abuses their privilege then social media sites can obviously be used for bad.
Cyberbullying is a severe problem in today’s society and can easily be prevented. One way to prevent cyberbullying is to make people aware of the problem; according to Reuters News, “77-percent of parents around the world say ‘cyberbullying needs special attention from parents and schools’” (Pandora Corp. to Parents 1). If a person has an account on a social media site, s/he needs to be aware of all of the effects social media may have. Just recently, a 12 year old girl from Florida committed suicide because she had been bullied over the internet for months by two other girls (Girl’s Suicide 1). This could have been prevented if her parents were aware of the situation. Parents and children must both be aware that cyberbullying is not uncommon and it can happen to anyone, at any time. Children can be cyberbullied starting as young as the ages of 9 or 10 and may continue to be cyberbullied for many years afterwards (Bullying and Cyberbullying Facts 1). Software has been developed to detect cyberbullying. This software is known as “PC Pandora computer monitoring software” and allows parents to...