Does cyber bullying have a big impact on children today?
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Cyber bullying effects children and teens everyday, influencing the person they become.

Cyber bullying effects children and teens everyday, influencing the person they become. | Does cyber bullying have a big impact on children today? | Scoop.it

Taken From: Teenshealth.org

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Cyber bullying. A word so many children and teenagers hear everyday. For some it hits home, reminding them of horrible times in their lives, and for others its just another word. As technology continues to grow, and social media continues to flourish cyber bullying will only get worse. There are always two sides to every story. In this case there is the victims side, and the bullies side. There are some cases where the bullying becomes so intesne that the victim takes their own life, the bully does not even realize how much they have tormented the victim.

 

Cyber bullying does impact people of all ages. I focused mostly on children and teenagers because that is where the majority of cyber bullying attacks happen. This topic is important because everyday in the news we hear different stories of children and teenagers being bullied and how they took their own life or how they are dealing with depression and the struggles of being picked on everyday. Also, as technology continues to grow and social media networks expand victims post their stories on the internet for the world to see. Just go to YouTube and type in "cyber bullying" see how many videos will come up. Most bullies are people who have been victims of bullying once before. Something that surprises me is that they know how it felt so why do they do it to others?

 

Personally, I think it is something no child should ever have to face. I've learned that schools don't do enough to help prevent this from happening, nor do they help parents when students are being cyber bullied. School administrators belive if it doesnt happen on school grounds they have no right to be involved. I don't think that is right, if it helps to save a child from taking their own life it's okay to be involved. I've also learned that even though multiple celebrities have been bullied and spoken out against cyber bullying, that has been beneficial because it has drawn awareness to people but it still has not been stopped. Finally most parents are sometimes not even aware their child is being cyber bullied. Most teens are afraid to tell their parents and sometimes even ashamed, that it results in horrible endings. 

 

Cyber bulling is a real issue. People need to realize that these are peoples lives they are impacting. You could be bullying someone who is desinted to be a doctor who cures cancer, or someone who comes out with the next big technology masterpiece. If these victims continue to be bullied then we will never know the amazing things they were able to do, because they will eventually give up on themselves. All I ask of you to do is, think before doing, it could save a life. 

 

 

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Erik Marshall's comment, June 11, 2013 1:08 PM
This is such as important and sensitive topic. These are good, relevant sources.
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Bullied Teen Made Disturbing Video Before Her Suicide

Bullied Teen Made Disturbing Video Before Her Suicide | Does cyber bullying have a big impact on children today? | Scoop.it
"I have nobody. I need someone. My name is Amanda Todd," the 15-year-old girl said in her video
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We all walk through the grocery store and pass by the magazine stands. Ever pay attention to the magazines not about celebrities but real people instead? A young girl Amanda Todd was all over the news, and in an article of People Magazine because of cyber bullying and how it pushed her over the edge to take her own life. While I was reading her story, it was disturbing. How could someone have it in them to follow someone and continue to torment them even after they move and change schools to get away from the bullying? She turned to alcohol and drugs, which just led to even more trouble in her life. The saddest part, her mom was finally starting to believe she was okay.  Personally, bullies need to read these articles because it will bring a sense of reality to them and show them what they are actually doing to people. It’s not a game, or a joke. It’s someone’s life they are messing with. 

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Demi Wants to Delete Digital Drama!

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Seventeen contributing editor Demi Lovato speaks out against online bullying, and joins the fight to Delete Digital Drama.
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Cyber bullying is such a big deal many of celebrities have spoken out against it, and even spoke out about how they were bullied growing up. Some examples of these celebrities include Demi Lovato, Nicki Manaj, and Kim Kardashian. In an article written by Demi Lovato she states, “When will people understand that verbal abuse is just as serious as physical abuse?” This is important because it shows that no matter how you bully someone it will all hurt just the same. Also, this article signifies how cyber bullying isn’t just for teenagers who go to school, but also it happens to celebrities. Everyone faces it, and that is why it is such a growing problem in our country. 

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How Should Schools Handle Cyberbullying? - NYTimes.com

How Should Schools Handle Cyberbullying? - NYTimes.com | Does cyber bullying have a big impact on children today? | Scoop.it
Affronted by cyberspace’s escalation of adolescent viciousness, many parents are looking to schools for justice, protection, even revenge.
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Cyber bulling is a growing problem in our country, especially with children. It’s very hard to manage cyber bullying at schools because not all educators notice what is going on, over the Internet or through text message. This article is a good representation of that, because it shows how a young boy is sexually harassing a young girl over text messaging and the principal cannot really do much about it because it was on a Saturday, not on school grounds. For these children only being in the 6th grade, of course parents would be furious, but they are very limited to what the punishments can be regarding this situation. This is a problem that every year is impacting younger children and it needs to be stopped. 

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Parents Struggle With Cyberbullying

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Parents trying to protect their children from Internet bullying are scrambling to catch up with the technology.
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Cyber bullying is usually targeted towards children and teenagers. When these children are bullied, their parents have no idea how to react. Most parents first try to go to the school but school administrators rarely get involved because they claim that these things didn’t happen on school grounds. This forcing parents to either take matters into their own hands or to contact the police. Police forces usually have someone who specializes in cases like this, but what most parents don’t know is that the bully is usually someone their child knows. Parents always have the best interest in mind for their children, but when it comes to defending them from a cyber bully, someone they have no idea who it can be then matters become a bit more difficult. Most children usually don’t like to get their parents involved, but in some cases that’s what it comes down to.

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When bullying goes high-tech

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Online bullying has a lot in common with bullying in school, but cyberbullying presents unique challenges.
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Many teenagers have shared their personal stories about when and how they were bullied online. In this particular article an 18-year-old boy shares his story of how he was bullied on MySpace in the 6th grade by kids who had never even spoken to him. People don’t understand that even if they are not bullying someone in person it still hurts them. Telling someone that they’re a loser, and that they should “go die” is unacceptable and very hurtful. Although, in school bullying is still a bit more common that online bullying it’s still something affecting teens and children everywhere. There have been multiple stories in the news and published in magazines about children who are bullied to the point of killing themselves. Think about it, if you were a bully would you honestly want to push someone so far as to make him or her take his or her own life? Imagine if the roles were reversed.

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Cyber bullying takes a toll on teens

Cyber bullying takes a toll on teens | Does cyber bullying have a big impact on children today? | Scoop.it
Cyber bullying is taking an emotional toll on the adolescents who experience it, and some resort to becoming bullies themselves, according to research out of Wayne State University.
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Cyber bullying is a huge problem in our country. Of course, multiple studies have been done to show the affects it has on students. One study in particular was to show how students and teenagers who are victims of bullying usually then go on to become bullies themselves. I believe teenagers do this because they find it to be the only way to escape the bullying.  Cyber bullying can occur through many different social media websites, as well as emailing. Some teenagers have multiple emails, some made particularly in regards for cyber bullying.  If teenagers don’t realize soon enough the impact this is having on the people being bullied, awful things will continue to happen to the victims. 

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