The Cyberbullying Problem

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Cyberbullying is the intentional harassment by a group or an individual with the aid of the internet and technological devices that are invasive, for example, mobile phones. Bullying in the traditional form of the term has been around as long as capitalism and competition have existed in this world. In the belief that success and wealth are one and the same thing, capitalism advances bullying as a survival tactic among the citizens. Of worry, is the reason governments have waited for so long to realize that cyberbullying is just as harmful as traditional bullying. The prevalence of the cyberbullying problem is at an elevated level among teens. In major studies concerning cyberbullying, school going children are the majority of victims. In this…show more content…
One principle in law enforcement maintains that law officers should only step into a matter when there is an actual threat to personal safety or life is at risk (Donegan, 2012). This principle makes it hard for legal officers to curb cyberbullying since the threat to personal safety and life is not…show more content…
The victims of anything have always been the biggest beneficiaries of the same (Donegan, 2012). In the case of cyberbullying, the young are the victims of the epidemic are at the same time the oppressors. Even though most literature suggests the prevalence of the vice is among teenagers, there is a possibility of having adults as victims too. Cyberspace allows the weak to hide behind keyboards and do what they could not do physically to their victim. Governments try each day to protect their people through legislation, but the continued advocacy on human rights makes it impossible to track what people do in the cyberspace. In the USA, the First Amendment has become an impediment to realizing a secure cyberspace free of cyberbullying. Schools have been left with the responsibility of curbing cyberbullying, but with no resources.
Cyberbullying repercussions are not any different from those of traditional schoolyard bullying; depression, anger, withdrawal, and suicide occur to cyberbullying victims (Mehari & Farrell, 2016). The fact that it can be perpetrated both anonymously and virtually makes it even a bigger menace. How self-defeating it is that the venerated human right of free speech is the number one encumbrance to obtaining justice for such a heinous felony. Regardless though, the prevalence of the vice continues
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