Cyber bullying  

by: Carleigh Gilstrap

Definition:

Cyber bullying is bullying, but it's online.  Cyber bullying is being mean or hurtful to someone over social media.  

Facts:

1. Nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online. 1 in 4 has had it happen more than once.     2.  68% of teens agree that cyber bullying is a serious problem.                                          3. 81% of young people think bullying online is easier to get away with than bullying in person.                                                                                                                           4. About 75% of students admit they have visited a website bashing another student.            5. 90% of teens who have seen social-media bullying say they have ignored it. 84% have seen others tell cyber bullies to stop.                

How does Cyber Bullying happen?

The victim might fall for an online scheme, an online fraud or online harassment.  Cyber bullying happens usually when some type of rumor or lie gets spread around a school or neighborhood.  Sometimes it may not be a rumor. It could be a bad choice someone makes. Bullies like to pick on other people because they have a problem also.  It makes them feel better when they make someone else feel bad.  Bad choices lead to this situation..  

What causes it?

Cyber Bullying happens when someone starts an argument.  It usually starts at school and ends up on the internet.  Social media is a way for bullies to get to someone they like to bully all of the time.  The cause of this is usually a rumor or a lie about someone that gets spread to everyone.  Bullies are people who have problems of their own at home or by someone else.  They try to fix their problem by bulling someone else.  

What are some symptoms/signs?

  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations

Who tries to help?

AFSP = (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) Prevent Suicide, BACPAC = (Bullying and Cyber bullying Prevention and Advocacy Collaborative),a hospital based anti-bullying collaborative at Boston Children's Hospital.  NOVA = (National Organization for Victim Assistance) is a organization that helps prevent bulling and cyber bulling.

Why is it important for people to know about my topic?

It is important for people to know about my topic because if more people know than more people will benefit from it.  If more people knew about this they could do more to change why this happens.  We could encourage people to make good choices in life so they won't be bullied.  If more people knew about this then there would probably be less suicides.  People are really bothered by this topic so I think if people know about this we could make a change.

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