The Use of Social Media and Bullying: A Growing Problem
Nowadays the Internet and social media has become a good part of our everyday lives. Decades ago having more than PC at home was pretty much uncommon and WIFI was definitely unheard of. The Internet and, especially social media, is a good way for to connect to our friends, classmates, and people that share ours similar interests. Social media is most commonly used by adolescents and young adults. With the internet and social media used inside and outside our homes more than ever, a real life problem lie bullying can spread easier than before. This lead to an ongoing continuous growing problem the everyday use of social media sites leading to the growth of bullying and how it effects youth, adults, and our overall well being.
Bullying has been an old reoccurring problem long before before the growing use of the Internet and the popularity of social media. We so often see in the news the tragic o incidents involving bullying the leads to suicide of the bullied victim , the victim hurting, harming and killing innocent people. We would think by now that we would have a better support system for the victims of extreme bullying, but unfortunately if you add
social media in the mix the problem of bullying will and still is growing beyond the school yards and work place. The use of the Internet and social media for the sole purpose of bullying is called cyber bullying. As stated before, we use the Internet and
Bullying has become a worldwide issue that has evolved over the years. Some people may argue that bullying has decreased as more people are aware and educated about the effects of bullying. Although people are more educated about bullying, it has only increased over the years. Today, every seven seconds someone is being bullied. Every seven seconds a life is ruined. It is horrendous. Bullying rates have gone through the roof over the years and only makes life for teenagers harder now. 1 in 10 people drop out of school because repeated bullying. 1 in 10 lives ruined. 1 in 10 further education opportunities destroyed. Our current society is doing appalling when it comes to bullying.
Social media, as previously mentioned can either have a positive or negative impact to the community. It is a wonderful resource for adults and children. It is used as an instant communication tool. Unfortunately, it can have a damaging effect to the community when use inappropriately. Back in the old days, bullying behavior occurs face-to-face. Now, with the advancement of technology, bullying can be done easily and instantly through the use of computer, cellphones and other electronic devices. People can share photos and videos through social media that can contain violence and sex creating a negative impact to the society, as kids and adult can involve themselves in crime related activities. However, when utilized by responsible people, social media can be used to educate and promote a peaceful, safe environment. People can also share news and information through social media which gives them awareness on what’s happening around them.
These days bullying isn’t just taking place at school on the playground, or in the hallways, it is taking place online. Today, and in recent years kids and young teens will only face more and more bullying as things evolve with social media, things like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are only going to become increasingly popular and new platforms will be made as well. Bullying affects people so much that it can
Bullying has become a major issue throughout not only the Unite States but also the world. Many children are being bullied in school, at home, and even online. This has created a crisis that leaves kids damaged emotionally, some cases leading towards suicide. With this serious issue, it is critical to find bullying solutions everyone can use as a way to stop behavior and save children that are bullied everyday.
Bullying has been around forever, no matter what the situation or where it takes place in the American Society. This has also been a issue among the years and has been fought but never defeated. Even though it is mostly seen in America or there is no escaping from Bullying and how it affects people. There is also a quite broad history of Bullying and how it has developed or seen throughout the years. Also, there has also been a loophole through al of bulling laws and that’s cyber bullying. Overall bullying can really take a toll on someone and how they feel, that’s why there's Bullying Laws made.
Bullying is a huge problem here in America, one that is not going away anytime soon. Thousands of people report being bullied everyday. Many only think the bullying can only happen to kids. Sadly, many adults are also victims of bullying too. With bullying being so prevalent in todays society it has had a huge effect on students at school, it can also affect adults in the work place. With social media people can bully from behind a computer screen. Many celebrities and companies are using their platform to help spread the word about bullying.
With simple access to the internet, a lot of teens have begun using cyber space as an open space for bullying. As additional teens have resorted to using mobiles and social networks to correspond, cyber bullying has turn out to be a key concern. At the moment, "cyber bullying is increasing rapidly as a result of social networks where information can reach the world in a matter of few seconds" (Sutton & Smith, 1999).
The Internet has played a major role in society, when it comes to bullying. Numerous people influence cyber bullying to get their point across. However, they tend to forget the harm being caused towards others. Society, needs to realize that there are other ways to approach a situation. For example,
Bullying has become a hot topic in the media, after being linked to many motives in school shootings and had led to suicide or other forms of self-harm. In addition, bullying also has a severe impact on the school's social environment by causing fear throughout the student body, and suppressing their will to learn. However, research and assessment, along with anti-bullying programs, are being established all of the United States. Furthermore, discipline has been enforced in schools to show that bullying will not be tolerated anymore among their students.
Bullying has been around for the longest time and probably will never go away. Children wake up scared to face another school day and adults dread having to deal with another work day, all because those are environments where bullying most often takes place. Bullying is a very serious problem in the world today and it goes unnoticed. Bullying isn’t just a face to face encounter. There are multiple types of bullying. Such as physical, verbal, social and cyber. Physical bullying involves any kind of force on another person, verbal bullying involves hurtful comments. Social bullying uses any relationship to hurt another person. Then there is cyber bullying which takes place over the internet or cellphone. Out of the four different types of bullying the most common form used is verbal. Studies have shown that more than 16,000 students are absent from school because they’re getting bullied and there is nothing done about it. Bullying is a very serious act. This lowers the victim 's self-esteem and leads to self harm and suicide attempts. Victims of bullying are 10% more likely to have health problems as they age. As a result of being bullied people turn to drugs, smoking, and alcohol to cope with their stress. Suicide is the 3rd leading
Social Networking has taken bullying to the extreme. Before advanced technology, children and teenagers were troubled by school bullies. Today, they are targeted by bullies via internet. Most people undergo some form of bullying in life. Growing up, I experienced the typical name calling and spiteful comments. I also dealt with minor cases of virtual bullies. These bullies are known as cyber bullies. I find this topic compelling because it’s a matter that has spiraled out of control.
It has been demonstrated in a number of studies that the more time an individual spends on the computer and internet, the more likely they are to be cyber bully victims, perpetrators or both the victim and bully (Mishna, Khourg-Kassabri, Gadalla, & Daciuk, 2012; Sengupta & Chaudhuri, 2011). The most common mediums of cyber bullying are through email, instant messages, or internet social networking sites; however, the medium with the greatest impact on its victims is picture or video bullying (Beran & Li, 2005; Kowalski & Fedina, 2011; Slonje & Smoth, 2008). It has been suggested in the past that children who have access to social networking sites are more likely to be perpetrators or victims of cyber bullying, however, results from one study indicates this is not the case. Alternatively, it was suggested
Everyday millions of preteens and young adults log on to the internet to complete various amounts of tasks. With the new age of technology many young adults have easier access to the web and social media than their past generations. “Over 80 percent of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most popular form of technology and a common medium for cyber bullying” (Cyberbullying Research Center, 2010). The World Wide Web and social media have opens up a black hole to psychological and emotional stress for some young adults. Cyber bullying is defined as a form of teen violence, torment and harassing via the use of technology to bully another person. One out of five young adults has experienced cyber bullying to the extreme (Hackett, 2013). Cyber bullying may not seem like it is a problem in the young community but it is a huge problem. Cyber bullying can have a huge effect on a person it can led to a numerous amount of outcomes such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and even suicide.
Facebook and other social media platforms have brought communication across the world to a whole new level. The rise of social media has created a place for children to communicate with others in both a positive and negative manner. Although it has made a positive impact on American youth, it has also contributed and exacerbated bullying in our schools. This new form of bullying, often referred to as cyberbullying, has created an around-the-clock atmosphere where bullying can occur even when school is not in session. Many professionals have sought to address the negative aspects of social media and have worked to develop a solution to bring cyberbullying to an end.
In today’s time kids these days are using the internet more than ever. They view the web and even more so the technology it can bring to our handheld devices, laptops and tv as positive aspects of our daily lives. The internet and our smart phones systems are the two biggest source of communication which plays a major role in our daily life. On the side note, these technologies are also often used negatively by other people. Many children are the targets of bullying specially during grade school up to high school via social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or websites like YouTube which can lead to in a life-threatening situation. Sometimes children are not able to understand that what they are doing to their friends or classmates is a form of bullying. As a result, the image of safe or playful environment of the internet is now becoming a source of conflict, anxiety, fear, depression and low self-esteem of our kids today.