Thursday, February 24, 2011
Bullying has been an accepted school tradition for decades. Usually in the forms of gossip by girls or physical bullying by boys. Now in the 21st century we have cyber bullying, which has spread like wild fire as technology has grown tremendously over the years. Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and texting are now another avenue to bully. Cyber bullying consists of tormenting, threatening, harassing, or embarrassing another individual. It is usually not a one time communication but something that persists over and over. The effects of cyber bullying are depression, anxiety, and sometimes even death. Students seem to be doing this more often to get a reaction from their peers or because they are bored. Some cyber bullying comes from frustration or anger. More and more schools are now offering training on how to deal and prevent cyber bullying. Schools are educating students about how to think before reacting to a post on the internet and that words can and will hurt a peer. Just another issue that needs to be addressed in our educational systems.