Cyber Bullying : A Consistent Problem For Young People Attending School

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Cyber-Bullying For decades, physical bullying has been a consistent problem for young people attending school. Yet the growth of the Internet has redefined how students pick on one another. Cyber-bullying has become one of the most difficult issues to resolve in our society. Cyber-bullying can come in many forms. Cyber harassment, for example, refers to repeated hurtful emails, text messages or instant messages. Another form of cyberbullying is impersonation, in which cyber-bullies pretend to be their victims online in order to sully their victims ' reputations. Cyber denigration occurs when a cyber-bully spreads derogatory or untrue information about someone online, or digitally posts an embarrassing or altered photo or video of that person. (Prosecuting Cyberbullies) The bully can remain anonymous while behind a computer screen because many social media websites allow people to make up fake user ids and many bullies tend to give false information while registering for these sites. About 20% of more than 4,400 11–18-year-olds surveyed by the Cyberbullying Research Center in 2010 reported having been cyberbullied at some point in their lives. About 20% also admitted to having cyberbullied someone else. The survey found that cyber-bullying is a growing problem because of the increasing frequency with which students use the Internet and cell phones to do homework and socialize. (Prosecuting Cyberbullies) The person being bullied will feel alone, powerless, different,

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