Why Cyberbullying is a Problem


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Cyberbullying is a serious problem to kids in high school everywhere. Cyber bullying can spread to the class room and even to kids home lives. Schools are trying to crack down on cyber bullying and are trying their best with some success however it will never truly be stopped.

Cyberbullying is the use of the internet or social media to make fun of or harass someone. Many people such as students and famous people experience cyber bullying everyday online. The New York Times estimates Over 59% of people have been cyber bullied in there lifetime.

5 students that were interviewed at Jefferson Morgan have said that they have been cyberbullied or know of someone that has been cyber bullied. Of these 5 students 3 said that they knew someone who had been cyber bullied.

A good example of cyberbullying that can affect a person’s life is an article by The New York Times titled “How to Safeguard Children Against Cyberbullying”. In this article is a story about Mallory Grossman from New Jersey. Her life was altered after a picture went around at her school of her that she didn’t want to happen. She was put into a group online were people bullied her and she started to believe the things they said. This shows how bad social media can be and how bad cyber bullying can get.

Students at Jefferson-Morgan say that they believe Snapchat is the social media where cyberbullying occurs most frequently. Braxton Jones said, “Cyberbullying occurs on snapchat because people can’t tell your actually name on there and they will add you to see who you are.”

The cyberbullying policy at Jefferson-Morgan states: Cyberbullying—forms of verbal and psychological bullying may also occur on the

 through email, instant messaging, personal profile websites and/or social media,

 texting, and the like. Cyberbullying includes, but is not limited to, the following

 misuses of technology: harassing, teasing, intimidating, threatening, or terrorizing

 another student, teacher or employee of the district by sending or posting

 inappropriate or derogatory email messages, instant messages, text messages, digital

 pictures or images, or web site postings (including Blogs). All forms of

 cyberbullying are unacceptable and, to the extent that such actions are disruptive

 of the educational process of the district, offenders shall be the subject of

 appropriate discipline, which may include legal and/or police proceedings.

Jefferson-Morgan states that any cyberbullying matter that is brought into school will be taken seriously and can have legal action. The matters that go into this can be very serious and shows how bad cyberbullying gets.

Many sites such as stopbullying.gov give good information on bullying. If you want to help your child from being cyberbullied monitor their social media accounts and if you see comments screenshot them.