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  1. 1. The following content will be presented in the form of a Prezi and a poster. 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 person. ● 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 Facebook. ● 77% of the respondents say that parents and schools should give special attention to cyber bullying. ● (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 (http://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it/index.html) (http://www.afp.gov.au/policing/cybercrime/~/media/afp/pdf/c/cyber-bullying-no-crops.ashx)
  2. 2. 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 sites? Yes No 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 court. 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 bullying. 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 online. 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.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. What are social networking sites doing now? Facebook Facebook provides the option of reporting inappropriate posts by others, hiding stories, blocking unwanted contact, unfriending people and removing tags from embarrassing photos.
  5. 5. YouTube 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 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
  6. 6. 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 bullying. http://jjie.org/resources/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/FOSI-Report-Cyberbullying-A-Global- Concern.pdf Should the government be allowed to monitor the internet or require users to register using their real identities to track down cyber bullies? Yes No 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 networking sites. It would be easier to track down cyber bullies, as they cannot hide behind false identities. It infringes our right to free speech and privacy. 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 bullying. This may become an excuse for the government to discourage criticism of the government and eventually lead to propaganda. Hackers may be able to obtain personal information by hacking the database of social networking sites.