Helping the problem to cyberbullying
Cyberbullying has become a very increasing issue in today’s society and continues to grow as technology advances. Bullying itself shows someone’s strength over another person’s and getting them to do what they want, which should not ever be allowed anywhere. Cyberbullying is a certain form of this definition as it is using technology to get the same means as bullying. There are many ways that people can cyberbully which some examples include through texting, social media, video games, emails, etc., through all types of hardware which include cell phones, computers, and tablets. Examples of cyberbullying include posting mean or hurtful comments, threatening to hurt someone through online, posting hurtful pictures, and various other ways. According to www.stopbullying.gov, there are also viral tactics that people use to cyberbully which are nude photo sharing, lies and false accusations, bullied for being economically challenged, encouraging self-harm or suicide, and many other different forms. Many forms of social media allow these acts of cyberbullying to happen which is definitely a cause for concern, especially among teenagers that use these forms of media the most. Schools across the country and around the world need to educate people more about cyberbullying and establish mandatory guidelines when dealing with cyberbullying.
Cyberbullying is happening around the world and there are many steps that schools can take in order to improve the cyberbullying situation. According to an article titled “Schools, cyberbullies, and the surveillance state”, one policy that is becoming more frequent in schools is that they are allowing teachers and administrators to seize students phones and check they’re material on the phones if reported. This policy is good for schools that have students who are not afraid from speaking up and telling a teacher about the issue because the teacher or administrator can easily take away the students phone, and find evidence that they are cyberbullying. While this is a good step in preventing cyberbullying, there are still many students that are afraid of speaking up depending on each situation of cyberbullying and need further assistance. There are other methods that different schools across the country make ways for students to leave anonymous tips to countering cyberbullying if they are afraid of getting caught. While this method does seem effective for some there are other methods that schools should implement in order to prevent it even further.
One form of cyberbullying is sexting where a person sends a nude photo or sends a text message in a sexual way that is eventually shared to other people which can hurt the person that sent it. Schools are trying to also handle this situation as well by working with local law enforcement, according to an article titled “School Officials must act to prevent sexting and its consequences”, school districts and their officials report any type of cyberbullying and let the police handle the situation appropriately with a thorough investigation. This is another good example of schools taking action against cyberbullying because they are working with law enforcement that can also handle the situation themselves because it is federal crime. There is still the problem of people not reporting the issues when they come up, so often times sexting goes unreported which schools still encourage their students to report it even anonymously. Sexting is a very serious form of cyberbullying and it is good that schools are cooperating with law enforcement to not only handle this, but all forms of cyberbullying.
Cyberbullying isn’t just happening among teenagers or high schools, there have been studies that show cyberbullying even go into Universities and college campuses which they also take action. In another article titled, “Cyberbullying Is a problem in Universities”, there are professors that are getting cyberbullied by their colleagues that they work with, one situation involved a teacher that was being sent multiple messages throughout the day which made her feel uncomfortable. “She texted me 73 times in one day, and over a week it was about 180 messages. When I didn’t respond, it was worse.” the instructor said (Luk,Vivian). This clearly shows that cyberbullying isn’t just happening to children and adolescents, but also adults which shows that this is a even bigger issue even beyond school. Colleges also work with law enforcement to ensure that these crimes don’t happen and are willing to work with the person that is being cyberbullied to keep them safe while enrolled at their school. There are some college campuse
s that don’t have policies pertaining to cyberbullying which many people on campus don’t know where to go to get help from the school. This needs to be improved for everyone on campus in order to ensure their safety and be travel on campus without being afraid of someone cyberbullying them.
While cyberbullying is a major current issue and is recognized in mostly every school across the United States and the world, there are some that disagree with these ideas and thoughts on cyberbullying and have their own views on it. According to an article titled “The Cyberbullying Problem is Overhyped”, the statistics on children who have been bullied online has been low which is one of the reasons why some people don’t feel like it’s a major issue. The article also states that schools with anti-bullying policies make bullying worse on students because the numbers on kids being bullied have still not gone down in recent years. Although this information is unfortunate, there still needs to be policies within schools and should be heavily enforced in order to stop bullying. Law enforcement and schools still need to enforce these policies because bullying is still a crime and should be punished if someone is caught and evidence is found.
Cyberbullying is a very serious issue in today’s world and will keep evolving as technology evolves with it. With cell phones and social media expanding, and more people using it, there is an increasing chance more people will get cyberbullied. These strategies for reducing and eliminating cyberbullying must be implemented into all school campuses and continued in order to ensure safety of those being cyberbullied.
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Cushing, Tim. “The Cyberbullying Problem Is Overhyped.” Bullying, edited by Noah Berlatsky, Greenhaven Press, 2015. Current Controversies. Opposing Viewpoints In Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/EJ3010956214/OVIC?u=ranc95197&sid=OVIC&xid=ac09ab10. Accessed 11 May 2018. Originally published as “The Exaggeration of the Cyberbullying Problem is Harming Anti-Bullying Efforts,” techdirt.com, 11 Oct. 2013.
Luk, Vivian. “Cyberbullying Is a Problem in Universities.” Bullying, edited by Noah Berlatsky, Greenhaven Press, 2015. Current Controversies. Opposing Viewpoints In Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/EJ3010956224/OVIC?u=ranc95197&sid=OVIC&xid=95a48c0a. Accessed 11 May 2018. Originally published as “Cyberbullying Grows Up, Moves Into Universities,” Toronto Star, 11 Mar. 2014.
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