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Cyber Bullying

  • Date Submitted: 05/22/2010 08:51 AM
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Cyber-bullying exists in many different forms such as the display of disturbing messages, videos and images of the victims onto the web where millions of other people can see. The ability for Cyber bullies to remain anonymous on websites and through email messages, results in the increase in number of cyber bullies. The fact that they can bully their victims without exposing their identity makes them even bolder in doing so.
i-SAFE Inc., a worldwide leader in Internet safety education, conducted a study to prove the rise of cyber bullying. Their conclusions showed that:.53% of the 1500 student surveyed have admitted to saying something mean or hurtful to a person through the Internet; 42 percent of those surveyed have experienced bullying online.
Networking sites such as facebook encourages cyber bullying. It is a popular mode because bullies can post hateful information on another person’s profile page or on their own page. They can even create fake identities or create a page with the sole purpose of bullying another person. In the most extreme cases of cyber bullying, many kids are going to the trouble of building entire websites from scratch in order to use them to humiliate another individual.
Cyber-bullying has more impact on the victim as compared to bullying in school as cyber bullying occurs 24/7. There is no escape. It gives bullies a sense of achievement but at the same time, it has various negative impacts on the victims. It contributes to low self-esteem, and poor performance at school. In more serious cases, it may lead to depression or even death.
Cyber-bullying causes victims to avoid going online. This may seclude them from one of the most important places they socialize. This will definitely have a detrimental impact on their character development. Victims may grow up to be anti-social and insecure.

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