Cyberbullying: an Issue Beyond Adolescence Essay

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Cyberbullying: An Issue Beyond Adolescence

Abstract
This research paper will provide the definition for cyberbullying as well as describe several case studies that reflect the results of being victimized. These studies are represented by research conducted by accredited sources. Within this research paper, we will talk about the life of four young adolescents who were taunted, bullied, humiliated, and harassed via social media and the decisions they made. This research paper discusses that cyberbullying is a problem beyond childhood and adolescence and will provide possible solutions taking into account that although there are traditional forms of bullying, cyberbullying is an issue that needs to be addressed.
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Approximately 20% of the students in the sample report from the cyberbullying research center experience cyberbullying in their lifetime. When asked about specific types of cyberbullying in the previous 30 days, mean or hurtful comments (13.7%) and rumors spread (12.9%) online continue to be among the most commonly-cited. Seventeen percent of the sample reported being cyberbullied in one or more of the nine types reported, two or more times over the course of the previous 30 days (Cyberbullying Research Center, 2012).

CYBERBULLYING AND SUICIDE
K. Ryan and J. M. Cooper (2010), authors of “Those who can, Teach” focus on what social problems affect today’s students. Some of these problems include abuse and neglect, poverty, teen parenting, gangs and vandalism, and adolescent suicide, just to name a few. It addresses adolescent suicide as third leading cause of teen deaths following motor vehicle accidents and homicide (p. 111). Chapter 4 of this book explains that some of the risk factors for teen suicide are mental illness, being bullied and also stress in their social life. The use of social networking sites makes it easier for these teens to be targeted and bullied to the point of taking their own lives. It also states that although girls are more prone to attempt suicide three times more often than boys, boys’ complete suicide five times more often than girls.
A study performed by the cyberbullying research center found
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