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Cyber Bullying: A Dangerous Trend

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Cyber Bullying: A Dangerous Trend

By Judith Gulan

Cyber bullying, an ever-increasing deadly trend introduced by the Internet era, is becoming an epidemic in our society today. Educators and parents alike need to come together to raise awareness amongst our youth of the consequences of this dangerous trend.

Cyber bullying takes on many forms and can affect people of all ages. A very common form affects school-aged children and occurs when he or she is “…tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones.”

The severity that the bullying takes on is only limited to the attackers’ imagination and the resources that are available to them. As a result, the bullying that once occurred solely on school grounds, is now following students home.

Children no longer have a safe haven, because access to the Internet or phone messaging is readily available and direct. Forms of cyber bullying include but are not limited to: stealing passwords, sending pictures through email or text message, creating malicious websites, blogs and internet polls, and sending harassing instant messages or text messages.

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Megan Zehnder

Megan is an editor and producer for Care2's Healthy Living. Her main priorities are to live simply and build meaningful relationships with the people in her life. She loves to write and talk about environmental issues, healthy living, and women's rights. Beyond that, her interests change daily, but eating and cooking vegetarian food is always a favorite.

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5:19AM PST on Jan 26, 2014

thank you for sharing

1:06AM PST on Jan 13, 2012

Excellent article.

8:20AM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

exclusion and torument is part of peoples cultures, but when done here to peers it is a crime.

after we fix this, we must abolish(BY FORCE) any nation or culture with caste systems. who snub the sick and deformed, and kill people who they think are witches.

this is a good thing. it is a necessary sacrifice. no mater how it is done.

won't the world be better?

and what if some people deserve to be bullied? won't you all be happy if some dimwit who is into bestiality was tormented to death?

what about all you/the animal rights people who "want to hunt humans" all you misanthropes "there are to many of us, kill some, only let some people have 1 child, Mother Earth is suffering"

you can't have both.

to those people, bullies may be heros. if making 40 people snuff them-self saves a rain forest, 40,000 cows, 1,000,000,210 fish and cuts down on 40 tons of garbage

"necessary sacrifice"

it's a shame this cannot be applied to ware fare.
if tyrants were able to be "assassinated" by a few words

6:16PM PDT on Oct 1, 2010

I also think that, among teenagers, the response should be even more severe--particularly when their cyberbullying results in their victim committing suicide. People aged 16 and older, and perhaps even those as young as 14, are beginning to be faced with real world issues--and at that age tend to be faced with more adult treatment. So why shouldn't they be given adult consequences with this sort of thing? Yes, 15 might sound a bit young, but they're approaching adulthood--and if we don't give them the "welcome to the real world" now, when are we?

1:32PM PDT on Jun 6, 2010

This sort of bullying needs more attention. There is something about anonymity that opens the door to meanness. Wouldn't it be great if we were more apt to show acts of anonymous kindness? As another article says, the key is in the model that's seen all around us. As adults and parents, how do we handle anger? How do we show forgiveness? How often do we perform acts of kindness?

9:59AM PDT on Jun 6, 2010

As if bullying isn't enough now there's cyber bullying! When is it going to end? Not until people GROW UP!

4:22PM PDT on May 24, 2010

Thank you for the article!

6:40AM PDT on Apr 29, 2010

thanks for the article

9:59PM PDT on Apr 16, 2010

This is a sad situation but it can be dealt with and doesn't have to end tragically. Parents need to just get less busy and more involved. Parenthood doesn't stop at birth.

6:11PM PDT on Apr 10, 2010

How did the children learn to be so hateful. It's scary cause when they grow up is this bullyong behavior gonna continue. It needs to be stopped.

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