The Spreading of Cyber Bullying

1599 Words Jan 31st, 2018 6 Pages
Most recently, a case involving a 12-year old girl who committed suicide as a result from cyber bullying received national attention. This case occurred in Polk County, Fl., and has been described as one of the most tragic cyber bullying stories of our time (Hellmich, 2013). Rebecca Sedwick of Lakeland, Fla., who died Sept. 9, was picked on for months by as many as 15 girls through online message boards and texts. Sedwick was bullied on sites such as Ask.fm, Kik, Instagram and Voxer (Hellmich, 2013). Two girls that were accused of bullying Rebecca were arrested and charged in her death (Hellmich, 2013). This case serves as a reminder to adults, as well as children that bullying is a real problem, and that occurrences should not be ignored. Recent statistics on bullying show an increase in the occurrence of cyber bullying; especially among youths and young adults (Bullying Statistics, 2009). The American Justice Department reported the following: approximately 42 percent of youths have reported being bullied online, 35 percent have reported being threatened online, 46 percent of males have reported physical bullying or altercations, and the same was reported by 26 percent of females, and statistics have shown that approximately one in four adolescents will experience a form of…

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