February 23, 2015
Professor. Anne Grau
Today, young people are using media technology including cell phones, and internet to communicate with others. With that being said, this does not mean using these communication tools does not come without possible risks. Adolescents can use electronic media to embarrass, harass, or threaten peers. Many different terms have been used to describe this type of violence, such as internet harassment, and internet bullying. The term to best describe this media violence is cyberbullying. It is important to educate ourselves on the causes, effects, and preventions of cyberbullying.
Cyberbullying is affecting a shocking amount of children and teenagers each year, but what causes this type of violence? According to Hoff and Mitchell, (2009) “…91 percent of the causes of cyber bullying are due to relationship issues and 9 percent are causes not ...view middle of the document...
According to Burnett, Yozwiak, and Omar (2013) “Cyber bullying victims typically obtain less sleep and eat less than non-victims.”(p.6) Performance in school decreases which results in low grades, increase absences, unable to concentrate, and an increase in behavior issues in school. Due to cyber bullying, victims become less confident, less social, and uneasy at times. Because victims tend to bottle up their emotions and speak to no one, they become angry and lonely. This anger, loneliness, and powerlessness can escalate into something tragic.
Cyber bullying is avoidable with more social networking guidance and adult supervision. According to Burnett, Yozwiak, and Omar (2013) “Studies have shown, to prevent children from becoming victims of cyber bullying, parents need to educate themselves about the types of technologies that are being used by their children, parents should have open discussions with their children about what they do when online, they should have privacy settings that monitor/shield what their children are able to access, and they should actually supervise their children while online”(p.6). Some parents say, “What I don’t know, won’t hurt me”, but what parents fail to see is that what they don’t see can possibly hurt their children. Substance abuse, legal trouble, and suicide among adolescents can increase due to the psychological distress (Burnett, Yozwiak, & Omar, 2013). It is important for parents, school officials, and health care providers to educate students about safe activity online, looking out for threats or anyone at risk to cyber bullying, and to help those who are at risk or being cyber bullied (Burnett, Yozwiak, & Omar, 2013).
The use of media technology has proven to be a strong factor in cyberbullying. Technology today consists of cell phones, and internet, and many teens use technology to communicate with one another. Parents need to familiarize themselves with the new technology in order to protect their children. It is important to develop an understanding of the new technology and remain informed of all that occurs while the children are using the internet or social media. Proper monitoring and guidance is crucial in preventing cyberbullying.