Cyberbullying

June 13, 2008

Cyberbullying meaning behaviour by an individual that intends to harm another being. It has become an issue in the cyber world nowadays following an incident which raised national awareness about the issue.  The issue was the suicide case of 13-year-old Megan Meier which was harassed repeatedly in MySpace.com.

In the article, “A Rallying Cry Against Cyberbullying” by Stefanie Olsen on Cnet.com, it stated that researches said kids have been exposed to some kind of bullying in the cyber world anywhere from 40% to 85% (Olsen, 2008).

 

According to Hinduja and Patchin where they conducted a study of 1500 adolescents, more than on third of them are victimized online. The victims also experience stress and strain that leads to offline related problems such as cheating, running away from home, truancy, drug and alcohol abuse and also suicide. In the study, 16% admitted to cyber bullying, 41% were disrespected, 19% were called names and over 5% were scared for their safety and less than 15% told an adult about the incident.

 

 

Source:www.cyberbullying.us

 

To curb this problem issue on Cyberbullying, we should target the parents as the main guardian of children and adolescents that have contact with the cyber world. Tina Meier, mother of Megan, supports the communication between children and parents. They should monitor their children on what they are doing online. As for other suggestions, going back to Olsen’s article, it would be good if there were moderators watching the online activities of children. In addition, kids should be allowed to report online wrong doings and harassments and better tools to stop harassments on mobile phones maybe to avoid having unwanted people contacting them by having a contact list whereby anyone outside the contact list are not able to contact them. (Olsen, 2008).

 

 

 

Anon, Cyberbullying, viewed on 10 June 2008 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberbullying

 

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. (2007). Offline Consequences of Online Victimization: School Violence and Delinquency, Journal of School Violence, Vol. 6, No.3, pp. 89-112, viewed online on 10 June 2008 from www.cyberubullying.us

Olsen, S. (2008), A Rallying Cry Against Cyberbullying, viewed on 10 June 2008 from http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9962375-7.html?tag=bl

 

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