Bullying : The Causes And Effects Of Cyberbullying

1106 WordsNov 6, 20175 Pages
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices such as cell phones, computers, and tablets. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation, sometimes crossing the line into unlawful or criminal behavior. The effects of cyberbullying can be alarming, but they are clear when discussing the coinciding of actual physical bullying, poor academic performance, high rates of depression and other emotions, and even suicidal behavior. In “Cyber Bullying Statistics” from the World’s Authority on Bullying site, No Bullying, it states that “25% of teenagers report that they’ve experienced number of cyberbullying encounters on their cell phone or on the internet. 52% of…show more content…
Disabilities make some children an easy target” (Walsh 1). Bullies usually go for the ones who are “weaker” or harmless to go after. They also will use either your race, sexual orientation, or your religion as a way to verbally harass you on and offline. Students who are bullied perform the worst academically rather than their peers. In “Text-Bullying: Associations with Traditional Bullying and Depression among New Zealand Adolescents”, Juliana Raskauskas talks about the problems a student would face, “The victims of cyberbullying, under great emotional stress, are unable to concentrate on their studies, and thus their academic progress is adversely affected” (Juliana 1). The student experiencing cyberbullying is less likely to be engaged. Often making them fear social situations and creating distractions, causing them not to be as focused in class. A strong correlation is found between being bullied and having poor attendance. From “The Effects of Middle School Bullying And Victimization on Adjustment through High School”, author Marissa A. Feldman states that “Greater engagement in bullying behaviors was concurrently associated with lower achievement and school attendance” (Feldman 1). Once a victim is bullied, it results in them not wanting to attend school because they’re too scared or uncomfortable to be in a classroom setting. The victim develops a pattern of
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