Cyberbullying: A Serious Problem

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Opening: Waking up, seeing rude and mean comments posted about a person 24 hours a day, and feeling like there is no way out of this; this is a the new form of bullying which comes 24 hours a day via social media. Definition: Cyber bullying is harassment using electronic forms of contact. Since the accessibility of home computers has increased, bullying forced its way into the web through public chat rooms, or private messaging platforms. Unfortunately, as technology has evolved, so has bullying as students were once only bullied at school or on the playground, but were free from the harassment once they were home. Now, you can be bullied from anywhere around the globe, even in your own home, 24 hours a day, there is no reprieve in today’s…show more content…
On Facebook, you can be as mean as you want” (Hoffman, 2010). Abuse has only increased since the rise of electronic platforms, allowing more opportunities to bully over the Internet. Claim: Cyber bullying is a nationwide problem, nearly “68% of teens agree that cyberbullying is a serious problem” (Cyberbullying). We need to address this serious problem and shed some light on the victims and, more importantly, stop the perpetrators. 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…show more content…
Anti bullying laws have been passed to protect victims. Each state addresses bullying differently and in Shawano, Wisconsin an ordinance was recently passed allowing police to intervene when the effects of cyberbullying gets out of hand. Parents are warned, but if the bullying continues, they will be fined $366 (Picard, 2016). Victims of cyberbullying need to be encouraged to block the bully, create a new account and have a healthy mindset that this person is not worth my time or energy. Schools need to implement an anonymous tip line where those affected by cyberbullying can report their

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