Preventing Cyber-Bullying And Trolling

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"Jumping off GW bridge sorry." That was the last status update Tyler Clementi ever posted to his Facebook page before leaping to his death off the George Washington Bridge in New York City. A month before his suicide, Tyler, who was gay, started his freshman year at Rutgers University and was housed with a roommate who did not approve of homosexuals. Unbeknownst to Tyler, his roommate began to electronically spy on him and eventually recorded him kissing a man. The roommate then posted the video to YouTube and soon Tyler’s fateful and heartbreaking Facebook status would follow (Cloud). Unfortunately, stories like Tyler’s have become more common as bullying has made the leap from the playground to the massive new world of social media. With…show more content…
Even individuals without the financial resources to afford a personal computer can go to their local library and access the internet for free. This constant access make cyberbullying worse than regular bullying because as stopbullying.gov states, “Cyberbullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and reach a kid even when he or she is alone. It can happen any time of the day or night” and “Deleting inappropriate or harassing messages, texts, and pictures is extremely difficult after they have been posted or sent.” Consequently, authoritative response whether from parents or the social media sites themselves to cyberbullying is vital to determining how their teens react to it. As mentioned before, Megan Meier was not only bullied by fellow teens, but also by the mother of one of the teens (Billitteri “Cyberbullying”). In addition, it was previously pointed out in Billitteri’s article “Cyberbullying” that our culture’s incivility in a variety of issues is demonstrating that it is okay to bully. The idea is further reinforced if a parent is constantly putting down others. In both instances, a parent’s action can influence their child to cyberbully. It can also have the opposite effect where a child does not tell their parents they are being cyberbullied because they fear the response will be to take away the computer or cut off social media use (Nicol pg. 4). With sites like Facebook and Instagram being a vital part of

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