Cyber Bullying Is A Phenomenon That Has Largely Been Examined From The Perspective Of The Individual Essay

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Summary: Cyber bullying is a phenomenon that has largely been examined from the perspective of the individual. Robin Schott, a philosopher and researcher and Dorte Sondergaard a professor of social psychology aim to challenge this perspective, examining cyber bullying occurring as a group. Stefani Germonotta, also known as Lady Gaga, visited Harvard University in Massachusetts to be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in 2012. At this interview, she openly discussed the cruelty she received from peers as a teenager; “I was called really horrible, profane names very loudly in front of huge crowds of people, and my schoolwork suffered.” Germonotta, a previous straight A student no longer wanted to attend school, lacked focus, and was ashamed of who she was. Lady Gaga’s appearance at Harvard was the platform to show the evolving problem that is touching the nerve of the public, families, educators, and researchers. Shortly after this appearance, Schott and Sondergaard (2014) wrote their book School Bullying: New Theories in Context in an attempt to answers the many questions that surround bullying and its various forms. Part I Bullying tells us something about how a society lives and how our youth interact. Bullying is directly related to the social conflicts that a given society is facing whether they be sexual and racial discrimination, or sexual harassment based on gender or sexual identity. Schott (2014) seeks to define bullying as a social experience rather than a negative

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