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1. What is cyber bullying?
Cyber bullying involves the use of Internet and communication technologies to deliberately and
repeatedly inﬂict harm on an individual or a group of people through harassment, embarrassment
and/or threats. (http://www.endcyberbullying.org/what-is-cyber-bullying/)
Examples of cyber bullying:
● Forwarding embarrassing picture, videos or messages without the consent of the owner.
● Using a false identity to post hurtful entries on social networking sites.
● Sending emails or text messages to harass others.
2. Why does cyber bullying occur?
● For revenge or out of anger
● As a source of entertainment
● Peer pressure
● Being able to hide behind false identities, they are more bold to say things that they won’t say in
● For the feeling of superiority
● To garner attention
● Cyber bullies do not see the impacts their actions can have on their victims.
3. Is cyber bullying becoming a serious issue worldwide?
● 12% of the parents surveyed by Ipsos for Reuters News say that their child has become a
victim to cyber bullying.
● 26% of them say that they know a child in their neighborhood who has been cyber bullied.
● Another 60% say that the children are cyber bullied through social networking sites like
● 77% of the respondents say that parents and schools should give special attention to cyber
● (Ipsos, 2012)
4)Impacts of cyber bullying on the victims:
● Poor performance at school
● Turn to drugs and alcohol
● Increase in truancy
● Take revenge by becoming a cyber bullying themselves
● Unable to deal with the situation, they might commit suicide
● Decrease in conﬁdence and self-esteem
5) The role of social networking sites and lawmakers
Social networking sites:
- Should social networking sites like Facebook be allowed to monitor their users’ activity on these
Many of the cyber bullying cases happen on
social networking sites.As a result, they
should be proactive in solving the problem.
Cyber bullying is a problem caused by our
society, so social networking sites should
not be the one who takes all the blame. It
can only be solved if people are more
ethical and are more aware of the
consequences of cyber bullying.
Personal victim:The bullying can be very
hurtful and it needs to stop. Social
networking sites should place more
restrictions to prevent cyber bullying from
happening.There could be some kind of
punishment for users who misuse their
accounts. For example, their account would
be terminated or they would be brought to
If social networking sites are allowed to
monitor, then it may be like living under Big
Brother. It violates our rights to free
speech and privacy.
Some social networking sites like Ask.fm
refuses to be held accountable for their
users’ posts on their sites. Users cannot
report other users for harassment.
Social networking sites already have a lot of
access to personal information. Having to
monitor their users’ activities would prove
too much of a burden to them. Education is
the best way to address cyber bullying.
People should have the right to feel safe
when they are on social networking sites.
We should be responsible for the friends
that we make on social networking sites.
Parents cannot monitor their children’s
activity on these sites 24/7.Therefore,
there should be more monitoring on social
networking sites to help deal with cyber
Social networking sites are not responsible
for how their users interact with one
another. Parents should be the one who is
responsible for educating their children so
that they will use the Internet responsibly.
Social networking sites are the major cause
of cyber bullying. On these sites, cyber
bullies can choose to remain anonymous,
making them bolder to say hurtful things
Social networking sites merely provide a
medium for people from all around the
world to communicate with each other.
Any attempts to monitor the things posted
on these sites would infringe the users’
rights free speech.Websites should not be
the one to judge something that may
actually be a harmless joke.
Social networking sites should use a better
system to check the real age of their users.
If young people could be barred from using
these sites, then cyber bullying would be
reduced. It is not about responsibility, but
because it is the right thing to do.
What are social networking sites doing now?
Facebook provides the option of reporting inappropriate posts by others, hiding stories, blocking
unwanted contact, unfriending people and removing tags from embarrassing photos.
YouTube lets its users report any abusive comments and ﬂag things that they consider
inappropriate.“YouTube has a zero-tolerance policy for predatory behavior, stalking, threats and
harassment and reacts to most ﬂags in less than an hour,” according toVictoria Grand, Head of
Communications and Community Policy, atYouTube.
MySpace lets parents report through e-mail and phone and responds within 24 hours.The ‘Contact
MySpace’ tab and ‘Safety Tips’ tab allow parents to ﬂag abusive posts.
Role of lawmakers
Should lawmakers do more to combat cyber bullying?
It is difﬁcult to draw the line between harassment and a mere joke.A
In some countries, there are laws like the United States and Canada, have laws that deal with cyber
bullying. However, some people feel that it is inadequate as cases of cyber bullying is still on the
rise. Certain countries like India and Malaysia do not have laws that address the crime of cyber
bullying directly.As a result, many of the cyber bullies are not brought to the face of justice.
Nevertheless, it is rather challenging for the government when dealing with such issues as posts
that are taken lightly by some would upset others. Besides, some are concern that laws which allow
the government to monitor the internet to track down cyber bullies might violate our rights to
free speech and privacy, like what happened in South Korea.There is an ensuing debate over the
extent of government involvement when it comes to dealing with cyber bullying.
In the ‘Global Perspectives’ section, I would be looking at how different countries deal with cyber
Should the government be allowed to monitor the internet or require users to register using their
real identities to track down cyber bullies?
This would force the citizens to become
more civilized online and would reduce
cases of cyber bullying.
It would not be effective. Like in South
Korea, people would just turn to a foreign
service and stop using local social
It would be easier to track down cyber
bullies, as they cannot hide behind false
It infringes our right to free speech and
Create a safer environment for the citizens
as they can go online knowing that cyber
bullies would leave them alone.
Governments monitoring the Internet
would create a Big Brother society and
people would be afraid to voice their
opinions for fear of persecution.
Discourages people from posting malicious
and defamatory comments online, hence
reducing cases of suicide caused by cyber
This may become an excuse for the
government to discourage criticism of the
government and eventually lead to
Hackers may be able to obtain personal
information by hacking the database of
social networking sites.