Cyber Bullying: The Terror of Internet
Ever since the creation of internet, cyber bullying has become a critical issue for kids and adults. Everyday of our lives we are in a direct contact with the internet. However, this benefit is leading to a dangerous and violent crime that is abusing the beauty of internet. With the advancement of technology of today, kids have more ways to interact, socialize and communicate with each other than ever before. Unfortunately, this communication method is leading to the most dangerous terror called cyber bullying. In this paper I will discuss how you can protect yourself from cyber bullying.
What is cyber bullying? Cyber bullying is cruel anti-social behavior committed on internet and cell phones through text and picture message. Bill Belsey, president of www.bullying.org, defines cyber bullying as “the use of information and communication technologies such as e-mail, cell phone and pager text messages, instant messaging, defamatory personal Web sites, and defamatory online personal polling Web sites, to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group that is intended to harm others” (Anderson and Sturm 24). Cyber bullying is a crime that has the most enormous impact on kids and teenagers in America. In fact, it has been reported that more than 13 million children in the United States, aged 6 to 17, are victims of cyber bullying.
Unlike traditional bullying where you can face the bully eye to eye, cyber bullies are unable to be traced. Further, cyber bullying can take place “anywhere, anytime, and with anyone” (Maag 2) Despite the fact that most cyber bullying cases go unreported, police departments and website administrators are taking action in trying to prevent them. Since many people are afraid to report their messages to the website administrators, friends of the victim usually do so which doesn’t do much except that it closes their account from the website which they use to...