Phantasia Crockett Mrs. Otey English 4 March 28, 2013 Cyber Bullying “NO, STOP, DO NOT DO IT, you do not have to kill yourself over someone cyber bullying you”. People today get bullied over the internet. They are often at home and that is basically where the worst things happen. Mostly students get bullied everyday because of how they look, dress, how they talk, ect. Some people take the bullying too far and lead the person who is getting bullied to kill themselves, or cause any type of damage to their body.
Some people think there should be a crime law for cyber bullying, because they have been in that situation and it is devastating that people can talk down on other people. Threats or mean comments that focus on things like a person’s gender, religion, sexual course, race, or physical differences fall into this category. Whether it is done in person or online, this type of meanness counts as discrimination and is against the law in many states; not only cyber bullying hurting people verbally, but it is hurting people physically. Should there be a crime law for cyber bullying?
There should be laws for cyber bullying because it is just the same as hurting people intentionally. Cyber bullying is important because it leads to rumors, deaths, and tragic accidents. Victims of cyber bullying mostly get bullied where the most teens join with each other and chat like Facebook, Instagram, MySpace, and other teen websites. Cyber bullying has become what the most popularity rated for one time victimization. In the last 2 months it was 12. 8% for physical, 36. 5% for verbal, 41. 0% for relational, and 9. 8% for cyber forms. (Uhls, Yalda T).
Most studies have found that the majority of victims of cyber bullying know the person behind everything, with many bullies being peers from school. (Uhls, Yalda T) The Swedish study divided the kinds of cyber bullying into text (email and text) and visual (video and phone). Text based cyber bullying was seeming to have a less cruel impact than traditional bullying, but visual felt more cruel than traditional bullying. People who resist making cyber bullying a crime if it results in suicide argue that suicide results from many factors, including problems at home, clinical depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and separation.
Some people think cyber bullying should be disciplined at the home and school level, but is not a crime. If the attacks are only verbal, than the victim can let it go. In 1997 the United States Supreme Court said that the internet is protected by the First Amendment. This provides protection for speech that is reasonable under the situation. In the past many people have been cyber bullied, for example there were two students that brought a gun to school and killed 12 students, a teacher, and themselves, after posting threats of violence online.
Ever since then, tension has grown between student free speech, online speech, and school safety. ( “Cyber bullying. ” Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection. Detroit: Gale, 2012. ) Cyber bullying has become a common experience for teens around the world. It has the potential to become a more serious problem than traditional bullying. Cyber bullying is usually not a onetime communication, unless it involves a death threat or a credible threat of serious bodily harm. Kids usually know it when they see it, while parents may be more worried about the rude language used by the kids than the hurtful cause of rude and embarrassing posts.
The cyber bullying epidemic has the attention of state legislatures, the federal government, and countries across the globe. Cities and towns are also addressing the problem by passing laws about electronic harassment. In 2008 study, 75% of the students with a private profile on a public networking site report using it for creativity, communication skills, and being open to new and diverse views. Cyber bullying is by its nature, limited to verbal than physical insults, and that is why some people say that cyber bullying is not as serious a problem as traditional, or playground, bullying.
(Jacobs, Tom, Teen Cyber bullying Investigated) “The number of teens who experienced online harassment goes up by 50 percent from 2000 to 2005. ” Several campaigns have been mounted to educate teens on the dangerous of cyber bullying. The Advertising Council, working with the Family Violence Prevention Fund, has created a public service advertising campaign that focuses on cyber bullying’s role in domestic violence. (“Cyber bullying. ” Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection. Detroit: Gale, 2012.
Some people disagree with cyber bullying because if you get into an argument with someone you do not have to get that person back by getting on a web page that all of their friends and that person friends to see to get embarrass. Being a victim of cyber bullying is hard, especially when it is unclear as to why they are being harassed. But when the constant pestering and intimidating threats continue to bombard your computer or cell phone, they become hard to ignore. Some people should be banned from any websites if they are the person who is the one cyber bullying.
Mostly The victim of cyber bullying is girls, to some people girls are weak minded and that leads a person to bully them. Other People think that cyber bullying should be illegal because it causes a lot of problems like deaths, and a lot of commotion to other people. In conclusion causing harm to someone, mental or physical, should be taken seriously and when there is proof of harm that is when courts should have legal authority. The fact that this aggressive cyber bulling can be done without looking for the identity of bullies may stir others to participate in this cyber bullying without any thought.
Cyberbullying is the reason for somebody to commit suicide because they can look at it again and again and again, because it’s always there and it’s never going to leave that site no matter what they do, people can look at it and laugh. So it’s easier to give into the pressure of never wanting to see it again, so they kill themselves. Cyber bullies may not realize the consequences for themselves of cyber bullying. The things teens post online now may reflect badly on them later when they apply for college or a job. Cyber bullies can lose their cell phone or online accounts for cyber bullying.
Cyber bullies and their parents may face legal charges for cyber bullying, and if the cyber bullying was sexual in nature or involved sexing, the results can include being registered as a sex offender. Teens may think that if they use a fake name they will not get caught, but there are many ways to track someone who is cyber bullying. Some people might agree with this issue because this probably would be the best way to get back at someone by exposing that person in the wrong way. Most of the times people do cyber bullying because they either feel better expressing themselves in a wrong way.
Some cyber bullies may think their behavior is normal and socially acceptable, especially when friends egg them on. Some people think it should not be legal because they think it is okay to show how people act and show their personal problems. If serious bullying will almost always involve acts that are already crimes, harassment and making threats for example. They do not need to create more laws, goodness knows people have enough already. Some teen’s feet like they could get away with being mean without the victim knowing exactly who they are.
Some would not actually bully the victim in person. Most feel more powerful, like nobody can touch them. In some cases, the bully has been bullied in the past and is taken it all out on others. Maybe there are problems in their life that they just can’t handle so they turn to bullying to solve things. Many cyber bullies think that bullying others online is funny. They think it is okay to hurt people verbally than physically because they do not think it will cause any problems to them and do not think about the outcome.
Sometimes most people do not mean to hurt someone over the internet because they do it by mistakenly sending the wrong person the wrong thing, or saying the wrong information to the wrong person. Some people take the bullying too far and lead the person who is getting bullied to kill themselves, or cause any type of damage to their body. Some people think there should be a crime law for cyber bullying, because they have been in that situation and it is devastating that people can talk down on other people.
Cyber-bullying may seem like nothing since there’s no physical contact, but in truth is it can hurt even more than the actual thing. Behind the monitors are real people with real feelings; some have been driven to depression, some have been driven to physical bullying, and some have been driven to suicide. Not only cyber bullying hurting other people verbally, but it is hurting people physically. Paper title repeated exactly from your research paper Works Cited Page • “Cyberbullying. ” Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection. Detroit: Gale, 2012. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 8 Feb. 2013 • Uhls, Yalda T. “Cyberbullying Has a Broader Impact than Traditional Bullying. ” Cyberbullying. Ed. Louise I. Gerdes. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2012. At Issue. Rpt. from “Is Bullying Going Digital? Cyber Bullying Facts. ” PsychologyinAction. org. 2010. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 8 Feb. 2013. • “Introduction to Cyberbullying: At Issue. ” Cyberbullying. Ed. Louise I. Gerdes. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2012. At Issue. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 8 Feb. 2013. • Jacobs, Tom, Teen Cyberbullying Investigated: Where Do Your Rights End and Consequences Begin? : Jan 2010 •