As a future educator, I am extremely interested in this topic. It’s important to be aware of what’s going on in a child’s world, and the proper ways to deal with it. Cyber bullying is becoming such a prevalent issue amongst teenagers, and even children. Growing up in a time when social media is booming makes it so easy and accessible for situations like these to occur literally in the palm of your hands.
The article mentions how experts are now referring to cyber bullying as “social assassination.”
Cyber bullying incidents really can have a negative impact on people. Threats can even be made through social media. Not only is a situation like this very upsetting, but it can also be extremely scary.
Cell phones make it even easier for this to happen. This small, hand-held device, has the ability to do so much damage. It all just depends on the person’s actions behind it. Before social media became so popular, there weren’t as many ways for bullying to occur. Now, there are so many ways to attack a person, which is extremely scary.
Another huge issue is that a lot of these new applications and websites allow things to be posted anonymously. Now, people can be attacked, and not even know who is doing the attacking. The article mentions websites like Ask.fm, and Whisper, which allow posts to be anonymous.
Apps like this make it so simple for cyber bullying to occur to anyone, anywhere in the world.
“Why be mean to someone you don’t even know” -Lance Arrieta, high school sophomore
It’s so clear how much technology is impacting the social world. Now, threats and negative comments can so easily made and posted for the entire world to see.
Personally, I hope we can find a way to eliminate this type of bullying to the best of our ability.
The article provides a link to http://www.stopbullying.gov/. Go here to help educate yourself about cyber bullying, as well as learn ways to address these situations. Educate yourselves so we can put an end to this “social assassination!”