Cyberbullying Is A New Type Of Bullying

1119 Words Aug 3rd, 2015 5 Pages
Cyberbullying is a new type of bullying that has developed through the use of technology. Cyberbullying has been defined as “... intentional and repeated harm inflicted on people through the use of computers, cellular telephones, and other electronic devices” (Funk & Wagnalls). A problem with this definition is that the bully can claim that they had no intention of harming the victim. Even if the harassment is repeated, the bully could just be joking and unknowingly causing harm to the victim. One problem with cyberbullying is that there can technically be an infinite amount of bullies. This can happen because the main perpetrator can post content on the internet, then that content can reach the victim in several different ways (Funk & Wagnalls). The bullying can then proceed to happen in real life. This makes the situation even worse, and is probably the worst case scenario. The reason it is the worst case scenario is because not only is the harassment in school or at work, it continues when the victim is home. Cyberbullying is can be done by very simple methods. It can be as simple as posting a lie online about someone, to as threatening as receiving a death threat. The complexity heightens because of the anonymity of the bully. If it’s someone that the victim knows, the victim can simply confront the bully. In contrast, if it’s a group of people sending death threats and posting harassing pictures, the harassment can then last an indefinite amount of time. In the Ohio…
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