Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Cause and Effects of Cyberbullying

According to WhatIs.com, "Cyberbullying is the use of cell phones, instant messaging, e-mail, chat rooms, or social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to harass, threaten, or intimidate someone" (2010, "Cyberbullying" section, para.1). Cyberbullying has been an issue that has been increasing rapidly these past couple of years. No one knows the exact reason as to why children even participate in these types of cruel acts. Some of the Causes and Effects of cyberbullying are listed below. Please comment based on your encounters or experiences with cyberbullying. 


What Causes people to participate in cyberbullying?:
  • Children do it for revenge of other peers
  • Children do it simply for entertainment purposes
  • Some do it to boost their ego
  • Children do it to get a laugh from their peers
  • Children do it to help bolster or remind people of their own social standing
What are some of the Effects of cyberbullying?:
  • It can give people a bad reputation
  • Causes children to have low self-esteem
  • Causes children to become depress if they are constantly picked on by peers
  • Makes it hard for kids to communicate with others
  • Sometimes cause people to commit suicide due to embarrassment  

References
WhatIs, 2010. What is Cyber bullying?”. Retrieved from http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/0,,sid9_gci1023061,00.html on February 28, 2011.

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Please add any experiences that you've had with cyberbullying personally. If not, share any information you've heard of in the media related to cyberbullying.