Essay about Cyberbullying, the Downside of Social Media

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“Every child on Facebook likely has a bullying story, whether as the victim, bully or as a witness.” – National Bullying Prevention Center

As technology as progressed over the years so to has society with it. The use of technology has infiltrated and changed society in an endless number of ways and it only continues to grow. The interesting thing about the advances of technology and their impacts on society are the ways that they adapt to a common facet of human society and evolve it. One of the biggest issue that this idea applies to is bullying. Bullying has been apart of human culture essentially sense the beginning of civilization. People are scared and/or misunderstanding of people that are different. Throughout the history of
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The website also shows that “90% of social media-using teens who have witnessed online cruelty say they have ignored mean behavior on social media.” Why is this? What makes online bullying acceptable, but not bullying in person? The idea that because the bullying is not taking place in person doesn’t make it bullying is illogical and false. In fact, cyberbullying can cause even greater harm when done on social media rather than in person because it is seen and spread by more people.

One reason that cyberbullying is so common and becoming a large issue on social media is because it is takes out the personal interaction aspect of bullying. However, the results of cyberbullying can have a much greater impact than bullying in person. Cyberbullying “can lead to anxiety, depression, and even suicide” among some of the more severe side effects. There have been several stories in the new over the past several years about young adolescents, that were victims of cyberbullying, taking their own lives because they could no longer stand the ridicule. But this begs the question, why are teens cyberbullying? According to a cyberbullying website, most cyberbullies “think that bullying others online is funny.” They don’t understand how there comments and posts on social media can have a detrimental effect on the self-esteem and mental health of their victim. To make matters worse for the victims of cyberbullying is that they are not telling anyone that it is happening. Social
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