Cyber-Bullying: The Toll It Takes

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This is my TOK essay, national issue I chose to write about. If you have questions about my sources, feel free to come talk to me and I'll send you the links.

Submitted: January 11, 2019

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Cyberbullying

Introduction:

Cyberbullying happens everywhere in the world. Access to technology birthed brand-new breeds of bullies. What would happen physically now occurs through cyberspace. Identity theft made easier, harassment taking a new form, stalking made easier, all are included in cyberbullying. Laws about bullying exist, but cyberbullying sparks debate because of the controversy surrounding the evidence, victims, and responsibility.

First Perspective: The Unaffected

The lucky ones. The people who never experience cyberbullying. The people opposing laws punishing cyberbullies never dealt with the problem. “Opposers Argue: Courtroom Is Not The Place to Stop Cyberbullying” (Issues and Controversies 4) say that cyberbullying prosecution only increases ‘over-criminalization’ in law. Children teasing is nothing new, and cyberbullying should be treated as immaturity. Also, punishing cyberbullying would only contravene on personal liberties. Castigating cyberbullying teaches children the solution to any problem presents itself as complaining and bigotry instead of teaching children to be tolerant and collaborate, concerned claim. Ignoring the cyberbully would help the victim learn tolerance.

Second Perspective: The Victims

Suicide, self-harm, low self-esteem. All byproducts of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying victims feel helpless to do anything because the anonymity of the bullies, the culture surrounding the issues, and most of all, how to get help. Not prosecuting cyberbullies sends the message that what they are doing is fine. It doesn’t cause problems and it has no repercussions. In reality, cyberbullying foments detrimental problems. The Clementi Case exemplifies the effect of cyberbullying. LGBTQ teens are more likely to get cyberbullied and face more serious trauma from cyberbullying than heterosexuals.  Simply allowing this to continue acts in and of itself as an attack on victims and a support of bullies.

Third Perspective: Schools

While cyberbullying should perhaps not be an offence against the law, it is a problem. Schools should be responsible for taking care of cyberbullying and educating the population about being respectful and being smart on the internet. Children should not have to deal with cyberbullying while in school because school administrators should be overseeing the children’s actions.

Knower’s Perspective:

As a victim myself, I know what it’s like to be told I’m a “F****** b****” and that I should kill myself. I also know how unsympathetic people can be. Allowing people to say that to another person is an absolute disgrace. Devastating, heart-wrenching, confusing, and emotional; victims enduring cyberbullying feel all of those while trying to navigate school, making life near impossible. Schools offer little protection for victims because cyberbullies are often able to find a way to harass the victim, even after warnings. Laws prosecuting cyberbullies would lead to more protection and send a message that all types of bullying are unacceptable.

Solution:

Victims need more protection and support. Teenagers who have experienced cyberbullying should receive help from school-inspired programs and event, such as support groups and awareness campaigns. Raising awareness takes the first step in stopping unnecessary cruelty, but it takes more than awareness to help victims. Support groups are equally helpful for trauma and cyberbullying. The mental scars are still there.

"Bullying: Should States Pass Laws Requiring Educational Institutions to Implement Anti-Bullying

Measures?" Issues & Controversies, Infobase Learning, 14 July 2016,http://icof.infobaselearning.com/recordurl.aspx?ID=14807. Accessed 22 Aug. 2018.

 

"Cyberbullying." Global Issues in Context Online Collection, Gale, 2018. Global Issues in Context,http://link.galegroup.com.lapr1.idm.oclc.org/apps/doc/CP3208520239/GIC?u=azstatelibdev&sid=GIC&xid=ebae8931. Accessed 22 Aug. 2018.

 

"Prosecuting Cyberbullies: Should states and the federal government pass further antibullying legislation to target cyberbullying?" Issues & Controversies, Infobase Learning, 6 Dec. 2010,http://icof.infobaselearning.com/recordurl.aspx?ID=1682. Accessed 23 Aug. 2018.

 


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