Mid- America Christian University
Foundations of Ethics: The Life and Teachings of Paul
2 November 2013
With all the ills of society it is difficult to choose one. As different generation flourish, new social issues arise. The teaching of Paul can encompass and relate to most, if not all issues in today's society. For this essay I will focus on the issue of bullying. This particular issue has received some much needed attention in recent ...view middle of the document...
"Let us do good unto all men" (Gal. 6:10 ESV). However, this is not the case. 90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying (MBNBD, 2009).
Approximately 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month (MBNBD, 2009). "Almost 10% of bullying related to schools occurs on school buses, and one in twenty students has seen a student with a gun at school" (Bullying, 2012). And while those numbers are frightening, it does not even take into account the emotionally bullying that goes on. With that in mind, cyber bullying is the newest and possibly cruelest form of bullying.
According to Merriam-Webster, cyber bullying is "the electronic posting of mean-spirited messages about a person (as a student) often done anonymously (Merriam, 2013). This includes social media bullying like Facebook, Twitter, or text messaging. Cyber-bullying can actually be worse than that of physical bullying. This form of bullying can create such emotional distraught, it often has a more profound effect on the victim. "Whereas children could traditionally find in their homes a safe haven from bullies. Today's bullies use technology to spread rumors and threats, making life miserable for their victims throughout the day and night. And the shroud of the internet anonymity allows bullies to harass their targets almost without repercussions" (Jones, 2103). "The psychological and emotional outcomes are similar to those of real bullying. The difference is real-life bullying often ends when school ends. For cyber bullying, there is no escape"(Dosomething, 2013). Bullies will send threatening text messages or spread rumors via the internet about their victims to massive amounts of people causing severe distress on their victims. There have been cases where a bully "steals a person's account information to break and send damaging messages or pretend to be someone else online to hurt another person" (Bullying, 2009). The national Crime Prevention Council states that cyber bullying can be harsher than physical bullying. "Often kids say things online that they wouldn't say in person, mainly because they can't see the other person's reaction". Also, with a click of a button, "Kids can send emails making fun of someone to their entire class or school with a few clicks, or post them to a website for the whole world to see" (NCPC, 2001).
The popularity of cyber bullying is on the rise and affecting more and more students each day. "Nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online. 1 in 4 has had it happen more than once" (Dosomething, 2013). As we know, many of our children are on the internet at some point during the day; many have Facebook accounts or some other form of messaging program. "95% of social media-using teens have witnessed cruel behavior on social networking sites. 66% of teens who have witnessed online cruelty have also witnessed others joining in" (Enough, 2013).
There have been myths about why kids, or even adults, are bullied....