Online Bulling or Cyber-Bulling By Timothy Liou

So what is Cyber-Bulling?

Cyber-Bulling is defined as the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature. With the new age of bulling, people do not need to be big and strong to bully, instead people can be small and still be able to bulling others.

Significance of Cyber-Bulling

Cyber-Bulling is one of the most controversial topics of the 21st century. According to a poll done in 2014, 52 percent of young teens have been cyber-bullied and a whopping 95 percent of teens have witnessed cyber-bulling in their lifetime. Although this topic is one of the most important issues for young teenagers, only 6 percent of people know the intensity and immense effect of cyber-bulling. This must be stopped.

With the age of technology rising, cyber bulling can exist almost in any form of social media and with any type of technology as long as you are able to talk indirectly with others. Effects of Cyber-Bulling include hurt feelings, anxiety, sadness, fear, shame and much, much more.
What are some cyber-bulling tactics?

There are 5 main tactics in Cyber-Bulling 1. Harassment - Done by repeating posting or sending offensive posts and messages 2. Gossip - Diliberaty posting something to give a person a negative reputation 3. Exclution - When a person deliberately excludes someone from an online group causing isolation 4.Cyberthreats - Remarks on the internet threating others often displaying suicidal threats 5. Flaming - When people openly fight on the internet and hatful messages are posted

Why is the impact of cyber-bulling so big?
Cyber-bulling can be so impactful for several reasons. First, the size of the audience that is able to see some mean and hurtful posts are often embarrassed by the number of people. Cyber-bulling can also be very impactful because of the fast speed in which hurtful messages can be spread. Even if a person deletes a post, the post can still be around by others and spread like wildfire.
Meet Rachael Neblett. A 17 year old at Bullitt East High School. Standing at 5 feet, she was an easy target got bullies. Often, she would receive threats from her emails from her MySpace account that detailed Rachael's every movement. The emails threatened Rachael and stalked her for several days. Afraid that her parents would take her account away she read these messages and kept them at heart not telling anyone. On October 9th, shortly after receiving another threat, she ended her own life. Sadly, this is just on of the countless stories of Cyber-Bulling and committing suicide because of it.
How should we stop cyber-bulling?

There are several ways to counter Cyber-Bulling. The first and easiest way to prevent cyber-bulling is to make accounts private to prevent unwanted people. If by chance people do send bad messages and try to cyber-bully you, take initiative and do not be afraid to block or report them. Help out a person that might be cyber-bullied and make that person a friend. Whatever you do, do not be a bystander

So what will you do? The next time you cyber-bulling happen will you be a brave person and take initiative or will you do nothing and let the damage to be donee afraid of being called a "snitch" or will you stand up for what is right and prevent the damage of cyber-bulling.

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