Cyberbullying Essay

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Cyberbullying: Victim, Predator, and Bystander Cyberbullying has received a great deal of media attention lately due to an increasing number of suicides by the victims. These victims are so traumatized by the relentless taunting they feel the only way to escape their predator is to kill their self. Does this make cyberbullying worse than face-to-face bullying psychologically? I think it is worse. The attempt at suicide almost doubles for victims of cyberbullying than their non-cyberbullied counterparts (Hinduja & Patchin, 2010). Let’s take a look at the definitions of bully, cyberbully, victim, and bystander(s), because I believe a cyberbully evolved from a face-to-face bully. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance and is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time (“Bullying Definition,” n.d., para. 1). A cyberbully is someone who bullies using electronic devices such as computers, tablets, and cell phones (“What is Cyberbullying”, n.d., para 1). The victim is the person targeted by the bully or cyberbully. Bystander(s) in bullying have a few roles, they are the ones that watch, but do nothing, watch and join in by laughing or making comments, observe the behavior and walk away, or try to help the victim out (Kids Involved in Bullying, n.d., para. 2). Bystander(s) in cyberbullying are the ones that see the text messages, emails, social media posts, pictures, and videos, but do not forward them onto their contacts. There is also a secondary cyberbully, this person sees the texts, emails, embarrassing photos and/videos, and passes them on to their contacts (Bhat, C.S., Chang, S.H., & Linscott, J.A., 2010). Now I want to look at the risk factors that could be involved with being a bully and a victim. The person being victimized generally may have risk factors like being
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