Cyber Bullying: Lurking Behind The Screens

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Cyber bullying: Lurking behind the Screens.
Mark Twain once said that “a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes”. This means that while one is preparing to tell the truth, lies can invade both the conscientious and oblivious mind, and become impossible to uproot. A lie is at times more believable than the truth and under varying circumstances people are more willing to believe a lie. Cyber communications is the Millennia’s new mode of ‘travel’ so it is not surprising that negative correspondence would also develop via the online world. Today once a lie is uploaded, it is near impossible to take it back, and ‘the truth’ even if it is able to find its ...view middle of the document...

However, bullying is never "friendship", Research from Warwick University shows bullying causes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and has also been linked to a substantial amount of incidences of suicide. Marr and Field (2001) referred to this as "bullycide" (Marr & Field, 2001, p. 1), and claim that at least 16 children commit bullycide in the UK each year as a result of bullying, 19,000 kids try to commit suicide each year, that is one every half an hour. These kids are also two times more likely to have attempted suicide than their peers who had not experienced bullying (Kids Health). Therefore to equate bullying as some sort of broken friendship is equivalent to suggesting that domestic violence, rape or paedophilia are friendships that have not found a way to work.
In the Bahamas, the abuse that young people face in the cyber world is steadily rising, becoming much more prevalent in mainstream Bahamian society as it destroys our youth subculture. Chakara Bennett a staff reporter for the Tribune News Paper writes, “children today are a lot crueler than they were in years before and they find intricate ways to express their dislike for one another” (The Tribune). These types of negative expressions, specifically cyber bullying can result in many different effects, the two most common are: depression, and anxiety; once this happens the bully maintains control by creating psychological doubt and instability. This shows that cyber bullying has a life-threatening impact on individuals, mainly teenagers.
Teens suffering from depression can become angry and/or irritable in their everyday life. These teens are also more likely to become teenage parents, abuse alcohol and illegal drugs, and may also perform poorly in school. A teenager suffering from depression may also become afflicted with an eating disorder or may -harm themselves through disorders like cutting. Victim of cyber bullying can feel like they are alone in their struggle, they can start to develop low self-esteem, and in an effort to avoid being picked on (both in the real and virtual world), they will isolate themselves from their peers and friends.
There are many types of cyber bulling; the two most commonly referred to are Masquerade, and Flaming. According to “Cyber Bullying in The Global Playground” Masquerade Bullying is pretending to be someone else and sending or posting material that makes that person look bad or places that person in potential danger. An example of a masquerade would be an incident that happened to 13 year old Megan Meier from Missouri in October of 2006 (Pokin, 2007). Meier thought that she was talking with a 16-year-old boy named Josh on MySpace. During the six weeks they were talking, Megan's mom kept a close eye on the conversations. On October 15th, 2006, Megan received a message on MySpace from Josh which said, "I don't know if I want to be friends with you anymore because I've heard that you are not very nice to your friends." The next day,...

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