Essay about Exploring the Issue of Cyber Bullying

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Cyber bullying has been a topic for scholarly inquiry, political debate, and policy reform since the commercialization of the Internet. Pre-internet bullying involved socially marginalized children and teenagers picking on their friends and other marginalized children in the school yard. Traditional discipline included detentions, phone calls to their parents, and some sort of reconciliation between the children involved. Today however, the climate for bullies has dramatically changed and the risk-reward balance has been significantly tilted in favour of the bullies. The Emergence of Technology
Today, bullies can simply connect to the Internet and create aliases (real or anonymous) through free e-mail services, instant messaging
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Considering there have been cases of suicide and homicide resulting from interactions between participants within these virtual worlds, one can safely assume that the emotional toll of cyber bullying on engaged participants is nothing less than traditional bullying or cyber bullying. A case can be made that for engaged participants within massively multiplayer online role playing games, their social well being is paramount in their realization of happiness and acceptance. This paper will also try to make a case for why bullying in these virtual gaming worlds can be more damaging to participants than traditional bullying.

Cyber Bullying as a Criminological Issue
The world has adopted the Internet as one of the most popular mediums for exchanging information, and criminologists need to be well versed in its complexities in order to make meaningful, relevant, and thought-provoking research. Cyber bullying piggy backs on the foundations of traditional bullying in principle, but provides instigators with a presumed veil of anonymity which modernizes the bullies’ process of bullying. Bullies naturally have less inhibition when they are bullying online because they can be safe at home without fear of repercussion. This is extremely troubling considering there is very little fear of reprisal in an online environment. There are no “internet police” actively monitoring conversations or
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