Social Justice:Cyber-bullyingKailyn JohnsonSiena CollegeApril 20, 2013
What is cyber-bullying? Cyber-bullying occurs when the victim istormented, harassed or embarrassed usingthe internet, or other technology Sometimes, it is so severe that it includesthreatening behaviorhttp://www.dosomething.org/files/styles/blog_landscape/public/pictures/cyber%20bully%203%20final.jpg?itok=gfaEqIHe
Why does this matter? About 33% of teens are victims of cyber-bullying 66% of teens have reported when they sawthe harassment online, others joined in Over 14% of high school aged people haveconsidered suicide and being bullied makescontemplation of suicide 2 to 9 times morelikelypluginnews.wordpress.com
What causes cyber-bullying? To show off to friends For fun/entertainment Revenge To harm someone they dislike To embarrass others
What are the effects? Continuous bullying, even at home Suicides among young people Depression among young people Also effects the bully themselves: cyberbullies spend much more than the averageamount of time online and become addictedto these unhealthy behaviorswww.stopcyberbullying.org
Who does cyber bullyingaffect? Affects mostly middle school and highschool teens Highest among 7th and 8th graders Parents School authorities
Technology’s Role Social Networking sites make cyber-bullyingeasier and more prevalent, as do mobiledevices However, technology has also played a rolein combating cyber-bullying Website (dosomething.org) encouragesteens to create websites that are antibullying or give good news.
Impacts of technology on the socialissueNegative Positive Makes it easier to cyber-Tools online to help victimsbully as technologies become of cyber-bullying figure outmore accessible how to deal with the situation24/7 access to bullying/place to be bullied
What needs to change? Parents need to see the seriousness incyber-bullying and take more action withtheir children to prevent it Children need to be educated in the effectsof cyber-bullying
What is being done? What is not being done? Megan Meier Cyberbullying Many people still have notPrevention Act: realized the severity of the“Whoever transmits in interstate situation and the damageor foreign commerce any communication, it can causewith the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass,or cause substantial emotional distress to aperson, using electronic means to supportsevere, repeated, and hostile behavior, shallbe fined under this title or imprisonednot more than two years, or both.”http://www.webpronews.com/cyberbullying-law-makes-being-mean-online-a-felony-2009-05
Who can improve the situation? Schools can hold anti-bullying events inwhich they discourage online bullying Parents can restrict internet usage andensure their children are neither bullies norvictims. Teens can discourage online bullying bystanding up for victims, etc. Lawmakers can make online threats aserious offense
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