Cyberbullying should be fought through education. This issue can be defined as the act of harassing a person through the use of the Internet and related technologies (Caffrey, C. 2013). First, recent studies about this subject show that cyberbullying is growing. According to a report published by the Internet Safety Technical Task Force stated that “bullying and harassment, most often by peers, are the most frequent threats that minors face, both online and offline.” (as cited in Szoka & Thierer, 2008, p. 4). After that, Szoka and Thierer (2008), authors of the article “Cyberbullying Legislation: Why Education is Preferable to Regulation”, argue that there is more than enough evidence that cyberbullying is a risk element that can lead young people to commit suicide. For instance, a review of studies of bullying and suicide, academics at the Yale School of Medicine found clues of an evident link between bullying and suicide in children (Yale University, 2008). Secondly, creating a regulation about cyberbullying could confront freedom of opinion or constitutions, with issues related to legal definitions of harassing or intimidating speech (M. Szoka, A. Thierer, 2008, p. 1). Finally, effective approaches to confront cyberbullying can be strategies that educators and parents can make. An example of this is the initiative of members of the School and Family Education about the Internet. They introduced, in the Senate of the United States, a suggestion to create an Internet safety education grant program that would be administered by the Department of Justice, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services. The objectives of this plan are to develop and implement public education activities to motivate about the online risks to children and propose an Internet safety education; (M. Szoka, A. Thierer, 2008, p. 9). For all these reasons, the best way to decrease cyberbullying episodes is through adequate education.
Cyberbullying. Salem Press Encyclopedia
Cyberbullying Legislation: Why Education is Preferable to Regulation.
Bullying and being bullied linked to suicide in children, review of studies suggest