Cyber Bullying in School
It is time we combat this social problem and take a stronger stand against cyberbullies. Schools must establish that any type of bullying is unacceptable and perpetrators will be punished. By adding cyberbullying into student codes of conduct, educators and students enter a contractual agreement where penalties can be applied. Currently it is difficult for teachers and administrators to punish cyberbullies so adding this definition to student handbooks will give educators cause for suspending or expelling offenders. This sends the message that this type of harassment will not be tolerated. Most policies involving cyberbullying are reactive and do not address why these behaviors occur. Schools are encouraged to employ programs that openly discuss the dangers of cyberbullying and what targets can do when they become victimized. The goal is to take a proactive step and prevent cyberbullying from ever occurring.
The advancement in cell phone and computer technology has made it possible for cyber bullies to gain a 24-hour access to the internet. This has made it easy for them to conduct their online activities in a more efficient manner. As a result, they are now able to convince their targets in a more effective manner thereby making them to fall prey to their online activities easily (Shariff, 2010). Online harassment is an issue that worries many people all over the world. In this case, cyber bullies torment other people with hateful and hurtful text messages, emails, blogs, and instant messages. These forms of harassment offend, humiliate, and intimidate victims severely. Online harassment affects children, students, parents, teachers, and organizational managers. Cyber bullies also ruin the reputation of their victims thereby making them feel as if they are worthless. They normally target reputable people in a society by giving false information about them (Kowalski, Limber, & Patricia, 2012).
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