Cyber Bullying And Its Effects On Children

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The Internet is another media outlet that is abundant with violent content. Studies show that 90% of American teenagers use the Internet which is vastly unregulated (Lenhart). Thus, children have easy access to pornography, websites with cruel and racist content, and real-life scenes of violence. With pornography and profanity just being a Google-search away, free, and mostly without age restrictions, children tend to develop sexual curiosity at a very young age. According to Network World Inc., terms related to “sex and porn were near the top of the [search] list” not only for teenagers but even for “the sevens [year olds] and under” (Skinner). As a result of unsupervised usage of social networking websites and chat rooms, children frequently become victims of cyber bulling or prey to sex offenders. reports that “over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online” (Cyber Bullying Statistics). Cyber bullying can have devastating consequences on children. 15 year old Amanda Todd killed herself after she was bullied online by her schoolmates (Wikipedia, "Suicide of Amanda Todd"). Additionally, internet chat rooms can be a hunting ground for sex offenders who target children online. The online children safety advocacy group PureSight states that “one in five U.S. teenagers who regularly log on to the Internet says they have received an unwanted sexual solicitation” (Online Predators – Statistics). Using social media websites is one of the most
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