Persuasive Essay On Cyberbullying

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Picture a teenager sitting on their bed, crying. Their smartphone lays beside them, displaying a picture of them wearing a colorful hat with two thumbs up, smiling. The phone buzzes violently with nasty notifications: other people enjoy the hat far less and have no fear showing it. Many people want to stop cyberbullying like this, the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature. Cyberbullying, similar to other types of bullying, takes place online, usually through text messages or social media and hurts other people’s feelings. Bullying in any form leads to some real problems in the victims, so fixing this problem at the source serves as the only viable solution.…show more content…
Just like any other bullying, victims can experience anxiety, fear, depression and low self-esteem. They may also experience physical symptoms and struggle academically. Victims can feel overwhelmed, vulnerable and powerless, exposed and humiliated, dissatisfied with themselves, angry and vengeful, disinterested in life, alone and isolated, disinterested in school, anxious and depressed, ill or even suicidal. Everyone agrees about the negatives of cyberbullying and how terrible they appear. So how do you solve this huge problem? First, analyze the source of cyberbullying. Free speech, a fundamental belief in the modern world and on the internet, remains the top priority no matter what happens. Cyberbullies simply express themselves in a more violent way. That means the problem must reside with the so-called “victims” of cyberbullying. What can a victim do against cyberbullying? Turn off the monitor. Simple to do, a button, specifically designed for this, awaits your press. Not a monitor? Just turn off the screen somehow. Phones have lock buttons and laptops close. Just like in the real world, walk away from whatever bothers you. Feelings should not impede on freedom of speech. Because free speech covers cyberbullying, bullying online does not exist. Think about it: you can separate yourself from the bullies online because you can stop the tool used for interacting with them. People online do no physical damage to the victims, i.e. punching or kicking or

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