While the internet can offer an abundance of information and entertainment, it can also be used in the wrong way. “Cyber bullying” is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones.
Cyber Bullying continues to take lives every year. Over eighty percent of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most common medium for cyber bullying. It needs to end. This cause is important because society today, revolves around social media, and teens are at the center of that. With the world at their hands, some teens are taking their lives because of what other have written about them.
I haven even been harassed though blogging! Not this blog but one a made for another class last year. Thankfully it was immediately taken care of. I think it’s easy for people to post whatever they like online, because there is no physical interaction or consequences for their behavior. This issue is national, as well as worldwide, or anywhere where there is internet access. We need to take action now, because harassment and bullying have been linked to 75 percent of school-shooting incidents, which unfortunately have gained popularity. Online torment leads to emotional abuse, and the teens are taking their lives while the perpetrators receive little to no consequences. The more informed society is, the more authoritative figures such as teachers and parents, can stop the online torment before it starts or reaches dangerous levels. About fifty-eight percent of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. More than 4 out 10 say it has happened more than once.
Organizations such as StopCyberBullying.org, provide readers with an abundance of information such as why teens Cyber Bully, different ways to take action, ways of prevention, and the different laws surrounding the issue. One organization in particular focuses on a personal anecdote. The Megan Meier Foundation was established after young Megan, weeks before her 14th birthday, committed suicide due to the effects of Cyber Bullying. This foundation is run by Megan’s mother Tina and her mission is to bring awareness, education and promote positive change to children, parents and educators in response to the issues surrounding bullying and Cyber Bullying in children’s daily environment.
There is plenty of information out there on the issue of Cyber Bullying, and how to prevent it. Even taking a stance as a parent to monitor what children are viewing online is a start. One in four teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4 percent of the time. This needs to change. Join an organization and aid in informing schools across the countries. For more information on the issue of Cyber Bullying and to take a look at other organizations that are taking action, visit my page.
Dealing with bullies can be difficult, not only for a child, but parents as well. Not being able to see first hand what interactions are occurring can make it difficult for an adult to take proper action. DoSomething.org has lots of great information on Cyber Bullying and how to handle it. Here’s a great link on how to handle bullies.
Online tormenting can ruin a person’s life, and even end it. Please help raise awareness and put an end to Cyber Bullying!