Cyber Bullying Essay

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Sarah is an average teenage girl. She gets decent grades, likes to hang out with friends and is on the track team. One day when Sarah arrives at school she notices other kids staring at her and whispering, but she doesn’t think too much of it. Later in the day at lunch a few kids mutter nasty words at her as they pass by, kids she doesn’t even know. After school she turns on her cell phone and see 15 text messages from numbers she doesn’t know, all of them calling her horrible names like “skank” and “bitch.” Once she is home Sarah checks her e-mail to find messages like the ones on her phone, but one of them has a link. After clicking on the link Sarah is directed to a web site, and it appears to be all about her. Photo collages with …show more content…
Traditional bullying was done on school grounds, at the bus stop, or walking home, but today cyber bullies leave teens vulnerable to the abuse with no place to seek refuge. “It's a non-stop type of harassment and it creates a sense of helplessness" (Meech.) Victims begin to feel that no place is safe as attacks reach them through cell phones, instant messages and blogs. Information placed on the internet is transmitted “instantaneous[ly] to a potentially limitless audience — including recipients in the next state or even overseas” (Billetti.) While victims of traditional bullying might have run away to escape torment, victims of cyber bullying don’t feel that is an option, with the internet being everywhere, their tormentors have access to them no matter where they may be. While the vastness of the internet may be useful for accessing old books and magazines from databases, or storing family photos for ease of access, it also has no limitations as to how long negative information might be stored. “Words and images in the virtual world can exist in perpetuity in cyberspace. That means victims may review tormenting words and images again and again” (Billitteri.) Imagine your most embarrassing moment available for everyone in the world to see, time after time. Just when a cyber bullying victim might

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