Essay about Cyber Bullying

983 Words Mar 19th, 2014 4 Pages
Cyber bullying is when kids/teens are tormented, made vulnerable, humiliated, harassed, hassled, embarrassed, and targeted using e- mail, texting, chat rooms, camera phones, Facebook and other websites or other sources of technology. It only counts as cyber bullying when both the victim and the aggressor are minors.
There does not have to be one clear victim in cyber bullying. The two sides can switch roles back and forth; alternating positions of superiority. There are serious threats involved and generally they are not a one-time thing. It is often a repeated event and can even contain terrifying death threats. Cyber bullying allows for those not necessarily intimidating in appearance to release bottled up anger, frustration, and
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As the number of households with Internet access approaches saturation and cell phone ownership expands to the 100 million mark, so do the ways kids bully each other. Cyber-bullying in the form of text messages, emails, photos, website postings can go school-wide in minutes and global in days. Slanderous information sent out into cyberspace is difficult, if not impossible, to expunge. Cyber-bullying often takes the form of cyber gossip, where damaging content is based on whim; not facts, and is posted on social networking sites such as MySpace and FaceBook.

Cyber-Bullying Getting Bigger: Studies indicate that cyber-bullying incidents have quadrupled in five years. A 2000 survey by the Crimes Against Children Research center at the University of New Hampshire reported 6 % of young people had experienced some form of cyber-bullying. In 2005, studies of 1500 Internet-using adolescents found that over one-third had been cyber bulled and half of those admitted to cyber-bullying others (Hinduja and Patchin, In Review.) A 2005 study by National Children’s Home Charity revealed that 20% had been cyber-bullying victims. A 2004 survey conducted by i-Safe America of 1556 adolescents found that 42 % had been bullied online.

How Cyber-Bulling Messages Are Communicated: * Text or digital imaging messages sent on cell phones * e-mails * instant messaging * web pages * web logs (blogs), * chat rooms or discussion groups, and * other

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