In the article “ Cyberbullying: A Growing Problem” posted on Science daily, they discuss cyberbullying and how it is really affecting middle school students. Their are many ways in which a adolescent can be cyberbullied. It can happen through SMS on mobile phones or websites and it quickly can spread all over the web, it is also often difficult to get rid of because you do not always find the perpertrator. The author’s purpose of the article was to inform others about cyberbullying, because it is usually neglected and not taken seriously in society.
10 percent of all adolescents in grades 7-9 are victims of cyberbullying. The article included several quotes from Professor of Psychology at the University of Gothenburg Ann Frisen. She stated that cyberbullying is more serious than the conventional bullying people are aware of due to the fact that once the victim goes home they are no longer feeling threatened by bullies. But with cyberbullying, it can go on for days at ...view middle of the document...
A typical cyberbully in my opinion is usually one of the popular students at school. Since they are known all over the school they can easily pick on a student and most of the time, the rest of the student body joins in on the “fun” because that is what it is to them. Also a lot of the times the victim is afraid to retaliate because the person is quote on quote “popular” and they do not want to be disliked by other students at the school. Starting hate groups and pages or uploading personal photos of the victim uses many social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Flikr, to victimize students.
On many occasions the cyberbully is not the popular kid at school or even the coolest kid. Sometimes its the outsider that no one communicates with, and they feel neglected by the students so they want to make them hurt in some type of way to make them selves feel better. That is a weak person attempting to appear stronger behind a computer screen or mobile phone. Although sometimes students are provoked in to acting like this, it is still considered cyberbullying no matter how you look at it.
I disagree with the idea that the adults are inspiring kids to do these things. Bullying in general does not start at home for the most part, i can tell you as a student what goes on in school and the Internet amongst students does not leave the school or the Internet. Kids are usually afraid to tell their parents what is going on because they do not want their parents to over react and embarrass them by showing up at the school. That happens a lot and kids lose friends and relationships because of them telling their parents. Believe it or not just like guys have “guy codes” and girls have “girl codes”, students have “student codes”. Its not a general code that has an exact definition but, every person who has ever been a student respects it for what it is and they know to never go against it.
In conclusion i think cyberbullying can be avoided for the most part. I think students have to loosen up sometimes and not take things so serious. If you are being made fun of on the Internet laugh with them and ignore it, or if you are really bothered by it then you should really take actions. But just make sure its really major and you see it as something bigger than a joke.