Cyber Bullying And Its Effects On Children

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Bullying, according to Oxford Dictionary, is the use of “superior strength or influence to intimidate, typically to force someone to do what one wants.” Growing up, the only bullying that I have witnessed is on the television. The majority of people perceive a bully as a tough boy threatening another for his lunch money, but times have changed in unison with technology evolving. One of the overwhelmingly popular uses of the internet is to contact friends and relatives by posting pictures and sending comments on social media websites. For example, according to Jay Baer, a social media researcher, “56% of Americans have a profile on a social networking site”. The outcomes of these sites when used appropriately are enjoyable, but for children ages ten to eighteen, cyber bullying is a frequent activity through the sites. Social media websites need filters to decrease cyber bullying since young users have no remote understanding of the unsafe environment and of the depth the effects cyber bullying has on their victims, as well as themselves. Social media websites do not provide a safe and friendly environment for all age ranges. Consequently, “81% of teens use some kind of social media” making it a popular, yet cowardly source for bullying. Since smart phones and computers surround each one of us, teens hide behind them. It is easier to send a rude message or comment on a website than actually saying it to someone’s face. The people social media sites are molding us to be is
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