It is time to fight back against cyberbullying…
Cyberbullying has become an epidemic. Social networking sites have made cruelty and offensive behavior public.
One simple retweet, share, like, or comment can cause a lot of drama and negative feedback.
Most of this behavior takes place between children, preteens, and teenagers. However, some adults have become victims as well. Simply put, Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology; including cell phones, computers, and tablets. The issue reached its peak in the news media during the coverage surrounding the suicide of a Rutgers University student named Tyler Clementi. The young man was only eighteen years-old when he jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge. Just three days prior he was unknowingly filmed having a sexual encounter with another man. Dharun Ravi, the webcam operator put Clementi’s encounter on blast via Twitter and Youtube, was later tried and convicted on 15 counts of invasion of privacy.
Teens may act this way because they are inexperienced, uninformed, or unable to comprehensively evaluate the consequences of their actions. It is up to adults to take a stand.
It has been widely observed that our teenage years can be quite cruel. Many consider bullying to be purposeful attempts to control another person. And nearly everyone has been a part of some form of bullying in their lifetime, be it on the giving or receiving end. We live in a society that is fascinated with winning, power, and violence. One can find these fascinations embedded within our media. The mindset dominates sports, popular music, and entertainment in general. The main cause of this is arguably the parents. [Ed. note: or capitalism]
Teens are either taking out their frustrations from the bullying style of parenting they endure and/or they are left alone and lack parental supervision. It all comes down to setting standards within the home for the way people should treat each other. Perhaps if families were more loving to one another and openly communicated their feelings children would be less likely to become bullies.