We’ve all heard the saying “stick and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Sure words don’t hurt physically, but to those who have been or are currently victims of cyber bullying words can be the difference between life and death. “Words hurt, and they hurt much more when repeated in the echo chamber of the Internet.” (Rep. Linda Sanchez via FoxNews.com) There are at least 4 examples in the United States where cyber-bullying has been linked to the suicide of a teenager .
What is Cyber Bullying?
Cyber bullying is defined as “bullying through information and communication technologies, mediums such as mobile phone text messages, emails, phone calls, ...view middle of the document...
No longer can parents rely on the usual signs of bullying (I.e. black eye, bloody lip, torn clothes) but the damage done by cyber bullies is no less real, and can be more painful (iSafe.org).
Surveys and Statistics
According to the National Crime Prevention Council, cyber bullying is a problem that affects almost half of all American teens.
In a September 2004 survey of 1,500 students between grades 4-8 by iSafe.org it was reported that 42 percent of kids said they have been bullied while online. One in four have had it happen more than once. 35% of kids have been threatened online. Nearly one in five have had it happen more than once. 21% of kids have received mean or threatening e-mails or other messages. 58 percent of kids admit that someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. More than four out of ten say it happened more once. Fifty-three percent of kids admit having said something meant or hurtful to another person online. More than one in three have done it more than once. 58% of kids have not told their parents or an adult about something mean or hurtful that happened to them online.
The following statistics are from BullyingStatistics.org:
The Cyberbullying Research Center reported that over 80% of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most popular form of technology and a common medium for cyber bullying. About half of young people have experienced some form of cyber bullying, and 10 to 20 percent experience it regularly. Boys are more likely to be threatened by cyber bullies than girls.
The Hartford County Examiner reported that only one in ten teens tells a parent if they have been a victim of cyber bullying. Fewer than one in five cyber bullying incidents are reported to law enforcement. One in ten adolescents or teens have had embarrassing or damaging pictures taken of themselves without their permission, often using cell phone cameras. About one in five teens have posted or sent sexually suggestive or nude pictures of themselves to others. Girls are somewhat more likely than boys to be involved in cyber bullying.
Why Do People Cyber Bully?
Bullying has been around forever, but cyber bullying is different. Cyber bullying is often done by children who have increasingly early access to technology. It almost impossible to identify who is the culprit. This secrecy makes it difficult to trace the source and encourages bullies to behave more aggressively . Cyber bullying lets a bully remain anonymous, therefore there is a lesser chance of being caught. In cyberspace, bullies can join forces with bullies or with other students who may not participate in the real world. Incidents of cyber bullying are motivated by anger, jealousy, revenge, boredom, or for entertainment. In some instances it can be done by accident, by sending a message to the wrong recipient .
Examples of Cyber Bullying 
The most recurring example of cyber bullying are: 1) A fake profile is...