Cyberbullying: A Growing Problem Essay

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Bullying has been around forever, however with today’s technology bullying has become easier than ever. It is easier to bully in cyberspace than it is to bully face to face. With cyberbullying a bully can pick on people with much less risk of being caught. Bullies are natural instigators and in cyberspace bullies can recruit the participation of additional students who may be unwilling to bully in the real world. Cyberbullying is any harassment that occurs over the Internet. Vicious discussion posts, name calling in chat rooms, posting fake profiles on web sites, and cruel email messages are all ways of cyber bullying. Cyberbullying can be more serious than conventional bullying. At least with conventional bullying, the victim is…show more content…
The Web and social networking take cyberbullying to another level. The ability to post anonymously online may encourage would be bullies, and the public nature of the Internet means taunts can be broadcast far beyond school walls. Harassment can even follow a victim who changes schools or moves away. Instant gratification and technology are a dangerous mix and the Internet has worsening the problem of bullying, it is much more frequent and much more tragic. The Internet can influence bullying in three distinct ways: ease of access, popularity, and encouraging less responsibility due to imaginary boundaries. Anyone can venture onto the Internet because it is easy to access and it does not require payment or even true information. The Internet enables people to communicate and share interests within moments with others. This ease of access is not always a good thing when someone is upset and can destroy another’s self esteem in seconds. Adolescents all over the world can log on to a network from school, the libraries, and home; therefore, this means cyberbullies are likely the people seen in school every day. It is so effortless to upload photos now, tag information, and share messages with no restriction. There are some programs like Facebook and Myspace that offer a Privacy setting, although it may not be enough, if someone cruel and clever enough can navigate around on the networks and post horrible words on the screen about their victims. When a minor is
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