Cyber bullying

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Cyber bullying
Monira Alosaimi
Dhahran Ahliyya School

A person may think a word or two that are typed up on the internet won’t affect anyone, she/he (they) might think there would be a billion comments and no one would pay attention to the one she/he (they) wrote; but guess what? People read these comments and they do get affected by it. With what the harsh comment that person wrote, she/he just cyber bullied someone. Although cyber bullying may not be taken seriously, it is wildly rampant, affects youngster negatively and must be stopped.

Stopcyberbullying.org (2004) defines cyber bullying as "when one child targets another using interactive technology,” Cyber bullying is spreading fast, and becoming widely rampant. Teenagers are becoming to think that hurting someone online is normal. A survey was conducted in Dhahran Ahliyya School, asking if the students have ever cyber bullied, and the result were 42% of the students said yes and 58% of them said no. The survey shows how big of a problem it’s become. (National Crime Prevention Council, 2010) Cyber bullying is a widespread problem and its possessions can be fatal. One of the reasons that cyber bullying is increasing, is because the internet is the perfect place for bullies, the obscurity, simplicity of aggravation helps one to bully because they know they can’t get caught. As Mooney clarified (Macfee survey, 2012) "Kids know not to talk to strangers, It's one of the first lessons you teach them. But online, there's a sense of trust and anonymity, so kids let their guard down.” Numerous teenagers are going online and attacking each other and they don’t get wedged, which encourages others to do the same. Finally, almost the entire globe uses the internet, which means a lot of people have the option to cyber bully, causing it to enlarge.

Like all forms of bulling, cyber bulling has numerous negative effects on its victims. “Kids that are bullied are likely to experience anxiety, depression, loneliness, unhappiness, and poor sleep,” explains Jennifer N. Caudle, DO, an AOA board-certified family physician in Philadelphia to the American Osteopathic Association (n.d). Each victim tends to react to bullying in a different way, but overall they all experience the same effects, according to a worldwide organization called Stop Bullying, it reports: “youth who are bullied have a higher risk of depression and anxiety. Symptoms may include; increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, loss of interest in activities, more health complaints, miss, skip or drop out of school, receive poor grades, have lower self-esteem, use alcohol and drugs” (n.d). Victims feel the need to mask the reality that they’re being bullied because they feel a sense of embarrassment and distress of further bullying. These effects may lead to much larger results, such as suicide and corrupt psychological effects in the greater future, According to Fund for Civility, an organization dedicated to cyber bulling (n,d) “Youth who are bullied may retaliate through violent measures. In 12 of 15 school shooting cases in the 1990s, the shooters had a history of being bullied.” Bullying is an issue that, if left unattended, can become a major difficulty in a child and a teenager’s development. Cyber bullying has become a huge problem for teenagers, since it can lead teenagers to harm themselves. Cyber bullying is a problem that can’t be stopped since it’s anonymous and that it can happen at any time and at any place. However, there are ways that you can help prevent it. As bullyingstatistics.org(2010) had suggested “Encourage kids to come to tell an adult if they ever see cyber bullying, either as a victim or a bystander, and help stop cyber bullying by never passing it on. “ Another way to put off cyber bullying is to capture the screen where threats or whatever form of cyber bullying had been used and send it to...
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