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Critical Essay – Cyberbullying
Is it really worth it?
Cyber bullying is any form of bullying which takes place either online and mobile phones. This can happen through Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Myspace. Cyber bullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and it can go viral in seconds. A lot of the time, cyber bullying is caused by people whom were once called your ‘best friend’, this is why teenagers should keep personal information to themselves. “Trust nobody but yourself “. Only tell people your personal life if you truly believe in them and will not embarrass you. If people think it is nice and somewhat cool to bully someone over the internet, then this is classed as ‘harassment’.
Over 56% of young people said they have been bullied or have witnessed someone else being bullied. Imagine if that was your child that was being the online bully or the victim itself. The trouble is in this generation now is parents and careers do not monitor what their child is actually doing on their phones and laptops. Children should not be on social media if they are under the age of 16. You don’t need to sit and stare at a laptop for all hours when children could be out playing or doing more important things such like doing their homework or studying. Not making someone’s live hell. Adults should always spot – check their child’s account and always make sure what they are getting up to.
‘Bullying is just a part of childhood and you should just ignore it ‘
‘It is okay to hit someone whom is bullying you, it will stop it’
‘Online bullying is just banter and harmless’
These myths aren’t appropriate when teenagers whom feel very distressed and alone when being bullied online. Not only that, it affects every day lives and it doesn’t just happen in school, college or work hours it carries onto the next day and the cycle will continue until someone does something about it. It has been well proven and documented that cyber bullying has resulted in tragic events including suicide, and self – harm and clearly, more needs to be done to protect innocent vulnerable people whom just want to get on with their everyday life.
A lot of the time in schools, they will not deal with the case as soon as they hear about it, they will take it in account and will keep an eye out for it happening. By law, schools must have a behaviour policy in placed that encourages all pupils to stick by it. Experts say that banning technology at schools is not the answer, but rather teaching kids to be good citizens. By telling someone at school whom you trust will need to take you seriously and give them all the proof you have got of being a victim of cyber bullying so they don’t think you are wasting their time. It is not kids just being kids when they are speaking to you about it too. Teachers should let the pupil know they are here to listen and you genuinely do care because you could be that person whom stops that person from taking his or hers life. Today, you could be the teacher that makes a difference.
If your child decides to tell you that they are getting bullied, listen but one thing you cannot do is get upset, this will make them have second thoughts about telling you. Put your own feelings aside for a while and sit down and just listen. Ask your child questions and ask them what you would want them to do to help. Reassure your child it is not their fault. Being bullied is not a sign of being weak or not being good enough and being the bully isn’t about being strong or trying to show off in front of friends.
Do not let the bully put a stop to your life, be the bigger person as hard as it is to do that they will get bored and hopefully stop harassing you. Voices, bodies and faces send messages just the same way our words do.
“Your skin isn’t paper, don’t cut it. Your face isn’t a mask, don’t hide it. Your size isn’t a book, don’t judge it. Your life isn’t a movie, don’t end it”
Myself as a person got bullied when I was in second year and that’s why I wanted to write about subject. I cannot stand bullies and I don’t know what fun they get out of it. Destroying people’s lives is definitely not the way forward and will there be a stop to bullying? Nobody knows as statistics go up and down all the time but I really hope there is some solution to stop all the abusive and disgusting behaviour that is happening all the time, not just in Scotland but all over the world. People that end anyone’s life whether it may be because of bullying, cyberbullying should face all the consequences!!
Alix Russo – S5
Two sources – Cyberbullying: what schools and teachers can do.
Bullying UK – part of family lives.
Scottish Candidate Numbert is nice and somewhat cool to bully someone over the internet, then this is classed as ‘harassment’.
Myself as a person got bullied when I was in second year and that’s why I wanted to write about subject. I cannot stand bullies and I don’t know wha