By Fernando Marinero & Kasey Green
What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is the use of information
technology to repeatedly harm or harass
other people in a deliberate manner.
Is It Wrong?
While bullying is considered an old notion,
cyber bullying is fairly new to this day in
In an online survey conducted 52% of
people said that yes cyber bullying was a
serious problem, while the other 48% said it
The people who agree that cyber bullying is
a serious problem say that,
“According to the U.S. Justice Department, a
startlingly 43 percent of teenagers report being
victims of bullying by phone or Internet.”
“As technology improves, so do the opportunities for
bullies to strike.”
“By creating a law against cyber bullying, we would
be essentially extending harassment charges into
the cyber realm.”
The Debate (Cont.)
Then there are those people who don’t see
cyber bullying as such a big deal. They say
that bullying has always been around
“The difference between live harassment and online
harassment is that you can turn off a computer but
you can't turn off a person which is why harassment is
punishable in the real world and not online.”
“The only reason cyber bullying is such a new
occurrence is because the online community is a new
occurrence. The best thing to do is learn how to ignore
such people and move on, a skill that will help
immensely later in life.”
Cyber Bullying Example
Two girls were arrested on bullying
charges after the suicide of a 12
year-old girl in Florida.
The victim, Rebecca Sedwick, had been
terrorized by up to as many as 15 girls who
bullied her for months.
Police made arrest after one of the bullies
posted on Facebook that she had bullied
Rebecca and that she didn’t care that she died.
43% of teens aged 13 to 17 report that they have
experienced some sort of cyber bullying in the past
81% of youth agree that bullying online is easier to
get away with than bullying in person.
For people 15-24 years old, suicide is the third
leading cause of death
16.9% of students indicated that they had selfharmed including cutting, scratching, & self-hitting
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