Cyber Bullying in Today’s World
Cyber Bullying in Today’s World
Peer to peer bulling is nothing new. It has been going on for generation after generation. However the times have now changed and the technology advancements have made it possible for youth to bully one another without ever having to be face to face. The new way of bullying is called “Cyber Bullying”. Teens and preteens use todays advanced technology as a tool for bullying one another through the use of chat rooms, social networking websites, and the use of mobile phones. This form of bullying can be more devastating and cause a lasting effect than the face to face method.
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It can cause some victims to be embarrassed or terrified of returning to school. They are afraid of facing their predators or being made fun of by the ones whom the rumors have spread too. Recipients can go into seclusion avoiding all friends and social activities. They can begin to plot revenge on their predators or even begin cyber bullying thierselves. Cyber bullying can lead to a viscous cycle or everlasting devastation.
Suicides are a main concern for victims whom have been victims of cyber bullying. Study conducted by Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D. and Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D. suggest that “cyberbullying victims were 1.9 times more likely and cyberbullying offenders were 1.5 times more likely to have attempted suicide than those who were not cyberbullying victims or offenders” (Archives of Suicide Research , 2010). It is also suggested that the victims had other underlying issues prior to the suicide, however it was due to the cyber bullying that had pushed the victims over the edge. The age for which our youth are experiencing these types of thoughts and emotions are beginning at such an early age.
According to a graph produced by Justine Patchin and Sameer Hinduja, over 25 percent of youth have been cyber bullied sometime in their life by the seventh grade and dropping slightly by eighth grade only to continue its rise by ninth grade and continuing throughout the high school years (Cyberbullying Research Center, 2009).
The Journal of Adolescents Health has reported that an estimate of 34 percent of teens have been victims of cyber bullying while 20 percent have perpetrated the abuse (2007). Research has also suggested that females are more likely than males to partake in the cyber bullying, whereas males prefer to do the traditional type of bullying. However both males and females can be both perpetrators and victims. Cyber bullying does not take preference over one gender.
In today’s age, we learn at an early age how to use computers and cell phones. We learn that it opens up possibilities for developing new friendships and hanging on to old ones. Our youth begin to spend more and more time over the Social Web keeping in contact with others. However there is a very negative side to spending so much time on the internet. “Higher levels of internet use to be associated with higher levels of depression and loneliness” (Kraut et al. 2004). Youth who tend to spend long hours on the internet tend not to have a social life outside of their homes. They may find that making friends in person is more difficult for them or they may already be a victim of abuse by their school peers. Children do not realize or understand that not everyone online can be trusted. They inter into chat rooms and become very trusting to those they are speaking with and make what they think are new friends. They open up to their feelings and emotions not realizing that the information can later be used against them in a form of cyberbullying. Prevention is the key to...