Cyber Bullying And Its Effects On Children And Adults Across The Globe

1693 WordsNov 28, 20167 Pages
Introduction Bullying doesn’t just happen on the playground or in the workplace; it has now taken over the Internet and popular social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The term for online bullying is referred to as “cyber-bullying”. “Cyber-bullying is defined as the use of email, cell phones, text messages, and Internet sites to threaten, harass, embarrass, or socially exclude” (Patchin, 2015). Much like the face-to-face bullying some may encounter in school can cause physical harm to someone, cyber-bullying causes emotional harm to children and adults across the globe. Cyber-bullying comes in many different forms, from spreading false rumors online, commenting on someone’s appearance in a picture posted on social media, to sharing intimate/sexual photographs of someone without their consent/permission. This issue has become a serious problem as it has resulted in children experiencing mental/emotional harm as well as committing suicide because of what the emotional distress it left them in (Notar, Padgett, & Roden, 2013). Targets: Just like “traditional”, face-to-face bullying, cyber-bullying can occur due to an individual’s race, sexual orientation, and appearance. Although both girls and boys can be subject to cyber-bullying, on Statistics Canada (Perreault, 2009) it was indicated that 71% of cyber-bullying victims happened to be female whereas 41% of those victims were male (2009). However, we can see that these statistics tend to fluctuate but
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