Causes of Cyberbullying Bullying in the traditional sense has always been an issue, with kids being bullied at schools to bullying in academic and professional settings. Naturally, laws and regulations exist to report bullying in the traditional sense and bullies think twice before inconveniencing others. In recent years, however, with the advance of online social networks and the increase of personal information that is being publicly shared online, a new largely unregulated phenomenon that can be described as an epidemic emerged: Cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is seen as a much more severe form of bullying with considerably more destructive effects on its victims and unique causes. Extensive research papers were published studying the causes and effects of bullying in general and cyberbullying in particular.
Cyber bullying: A criminal act? The topic of criminalising cyber bullying has been up for debate over the past few years in Singapore. While there are existing laws such as the Miscellaneous Offences (Public Order and Nuisance) Act which criminalises acts like harassment, there were no laws that directly addressed the issue of online bullying and online harassment. On the 13th of March 2014, the government announced the Protection from Harassment Bill which deals with cyber bullying, as well as sexual harassment on the internet and illicit stalking. Depending on the severity of these offences, offenders will now have to serve a jail sentence, instead of merely being fined.
The article also quotes a professor from John Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public health; he states that the increased usage and reliance on the Internet and smartphones will have a big impact towards cyber bullying. Several state lawmakers are aware of the problem and have begun creating new bills in an attempt to stem the proliferation, but may face some limitations in the process.
Overall, this causes a lot of emotional damage and harm to high schoolers, middle schoolers and even younger children. The negative impact that cyberbullying has on an impressionable young adult can be life changing. Thesis: Though some people see that the only way to stop cyber bullying is to regulate the use of social media for teenagers which wouldn’t work as well. The best option would be to educate parents, as well as teachers, the warning signs of cyberbullying, providing resources including solutions for those who are victims of cyberbullying, and limiting the use of internet at school and
There are also many solutions to help minimize cyberbullying. Some effects of cyberbullying on victims is a mix of emotions distress such as anxiety, depression, a feeling of uneasiness, anger, embarrassment and fear. It gets to the point that some people can not handle these emotions, and turn to suicide or violence as the only way out. According to “Prosecuting Cyberbullies: Should states and the federal government pass further antibullying legislation to target cyberbullying?”, “Studies have shown that perpetrators of school violence—such as the two students who went on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999—often have a history of both bullying and being bullied themselves” (Cyberbullying). Just like victims, perpetrators also face consequences.
Cyberbullying causes more depression. It can be more harmful than physical bullying, not only that but it can affect learning and could cause isolation. Previous studies have found that bullying causes a higher risk of mental health such as low self-esteem, poor school performance, depression, and an higher risk for suicide. Cyber Bullying can lead to suicidal thoughts, sometimes persisting into adulthood. In one study, adults who were bullied as a kid they were three times more likely to have suicidal thoughts or inclinations.
By extending the definition from traditional bullying, cyberbullying has been defined as ‘an aggressive act or behavior that is carried out using electronic means by a group or an individual repeatedly and over time against a victim who cannot easily defend him or herself’ (Smith et al., 2008). ); Bullying based on an imbalance of power; and is defined by and Smith and Sharp, (1994) as a systematic abuse of power. From this perspective, cyberbullying is seen systematic abuse of power which occurs through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Although, cyberbullying is seen as an abuse of ICTs, what constitutes as Cyberbullying has not yet be drawn out (Smith et al., 2006, Willard, 2006 and Willard, 2007). Some examples of cyberbullying includes, online fights, known as flaming, which imply the use of electronic messages with hostile and vulgar language, slandering, a modality that implies online disparagement, for example, sending cruel images or rumors about others to spoil their reputations or social relationships as well as defamation by spreading secrets or embarrassing information about someone (Willard, 2006, Willard,
Should cyber bullying be a criminal offense Cyber bullying is to harass someone online by posting private and embarrassing posts such as text, pictures and videos which will harm this person. Cyber bullying come in many forms such as : 1) Online fights usually through emails, instant messaging or chat rooms where angry and rude comments are exchanged. 2) Putting mean online messages through email, instant messaging, chat rooms, or websites set up to make fun of someone. 3) Kicking out someone from a group chat to piss them off 4) Sharing secrets about someone online including private information, pictures, and videos 5) Tricking someone into revealing personal information then sharing it with others 6) Pretending to be someone else and post
Cyber Bullying has become an increasing problem in our society that threatens physical and emotional harm to ever greater numbers of young people. The sad fact is, some youths are so deeply affected by the negative influence of bullying that they have taken their own lives. Although suicides represent a rare and extreme reaction to bullying, it is a real issue facing society today. Cyberbullying is often a factor in young people becoming depressed and having lower self-esteem. Cyberbullying has been an issue, in the United States as well as everywhere throughout the world.