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At some point during your childhood, you may have encountered that troubled individual, typically known as the "bully" that drove fear in the hearts of the weakest link by humiliating them, taking what is rightfully theirs, constantly picking on them and sometimes even inflicting physical abuse. Well I hate to break it to you but this individual is back and is more equipped than before, preying on the weak and vulnerable in the cyber world (internet). Most recently, it took a crime wave of "cyber bullying" before our media and leaders in the Untied States gave it attention; now that the American people realize that the "classroom bully" has evolved into a more dangerously clever and sinister inflictor of emotional scars, invader of privacy and has the potential to inflict life threatening humiliation. It is very difficult to put a stop to a crime of this nature and it will continue to get a lot of attention because it operates within the World Wide Web, an unregulated platform with a mixture of cultures and its own rules for governance by its creators. However, there are ways to deal with this new form of power, people are becoming more aware of cyber-bullying, schools are stepping by enforcing strict expulsion for bullying in any form and parents are enforcing internet usages. First, let us get a deeper understanding of this behavior, by carefully defining and identifying the possible sources or reason for such behaviors. Bullying is the constant act of aggressive behavior of intimidation to intentionally hurt another person, physically or mentally. Bullies continuously torture others to gain power and strength over the person being bullied. Conventional bullying involved acts such as: verbal abuse (teasing and name-calling) and physical abuse (hitting and punching) inflicting a sense of fear through social exclusion but now bullies have found and used internet as their new avenue of bullying. In recent years with technological advancements, the development of social networks and other numerous avenues to interaction on the internet have created a "center stage" for bullies to access a wider reaching audience to watch as they anonymously hurt individuals being bullied. Cyber Bullying is defined by the National Crime Prevention Council as - "when the Internet, cell phones or other devices are used to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person" (National Crime Prevention Council). The internet has created an entirely new world of social communications particularly for youths. There are no more barriers. Family, friends, young and old may now stay in touch with just about everyone, anywhere in the world through the use of email, text messaging, web chat, and instant messaging. Although, most interactions are friendly and in good nature, there are some that are not. The use of technology as a tool to antagonize, torment and intimidate others is now a widespread problem. Sadly, this form of bullying like all others is most common among children and young adults. Research done by Cox Communications on children between 13 thru 18 year-olds, 25 percent said they were cyber-bullied whether online or by cell phone (Cox Com. 2009). Also in 2007, the National Crime Prevention Council reported cyber-bullying as a problem that affected approximately half of all American teens. Since it is popular among this group of American teens, then it is safe look at some of possible reason cyber bullies of this age group are encouraged to take part in such activity. According to a survey in 2007 conducted my iSafe Organization of 1500 students between the 4th and 8th grade 42% of the students have been bullied while online, 35% of the students have been threatened online whether through e-mail or other messages. Among the 1500 students surveyed 58% admitted someone has said mean or hurtful things to them while online and the same 58% have not told their parents or any adult about the bullying the student encountered online. Cyber-bullying takes many forms of transmitting the bullies cruelty which includes texting, instant messaging, e-mail, blogging, voicemail and streaming videos online. On September 22, 2010, Tyler Clementi, an undergraduate student at Rutgers University, leapt off the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson River after two of his peers posted a live broadcasted on the internet of him and his partner in the privacy of his room. It all started when his roommate posted a twitter message on Sept. 19: "Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into molly's room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude, yay." Clementi a gifted violinist was only 18 years old when he ended his life. Cyber bullied teens attacks follow them from school to home to online, wherever they go. And when a person has over 600 million accomplices that can be recruited to help target or humiliate another person, the risk of emotional pain is very real, and very serious. This was the case with Tyler Clementi. Tyler was embarrassed, humiliated and his private life put on display for all to see. According to the Cyber bullying Research Center founded in 2010, "the kind of mental anguish cyber bullying can cause can lead to severe depression and ultimately suicide" (CPR). Tyler has not been the only victim of cyber bully which led to suicide. On January 14, 2010, Phoebe Prince a student in Massachusetts after she was assaulted both physically and online succumbed to severe depression and eventually suicide (Bazelon). Phoebe had not yet lived a full life, she was only 15 years old at the time of her death. Now with the anonymity feature of cyber bulling provides further advantage to the perpetrator and encourages more or less anyone to indulge, regardless of a student's popularity in school, height, weight, beauty and location. Because of the internet bulling has made its way to a student's home, no longer is student even safe to escape to their place of salice the student called home. What was previously considered a safe place for victimize children, has now been infiltrated by these troubled individuals. Cyber bullies gain a sense of power and freedom through this alternative and feel free to do anything they would not normally do in the real world. Since cyber bullying has made its way in the home it is now left up to the parents to notice the change in their child behavior. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations only 23 percent of teens speak to their parents about being bullied in or out of school. Parent need build good quality relationships with their children for the child to know that they have at least one trusted place the child can go. Survey conducted by the FBI shows parents tend to overreact and most children fear that telling the parents about a cyber bullying incident will only make matter worse (FBI 2010). Although it may be hard for a parent to restrain from taking matters in their own hands, the best thing for a parent to do is to report the incident to the appropriate authority. Based on the dangers and extent of the events they should make inform the school or local police (based on the dangers of the situation). Parents should remember to be supportive of your child during this time. As a parent remember word leave lasting effects on children , so parents need to remember this when they get tempted to present the "stick and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you" lecture. Teen are already struggling with new emotions, changing body part and raging hormone that words especially those from other teens affects them greatly. We can therefore say, the preventions not only lies the school but with the parents-within the home. One could say that a major part of the challenges of cyber bullying is due to the lack of adult authorities exercising control on children's internet activities. These include regular monitoring your child's access to certain websites and via mobile phones and computers, become abreast of the new technologies that are out there, keep an open mind towards your child's needs by respecting their privacy so that they may value others and communicate regularly with your child's school to detect early indications of these behaviors. The increase of the power of cyber bullying has made more and more people concerned and getting involved with the issue. Just as the dentist reinforce to Gloria Anzaldua in her, "How to Tame a Wild Tongue", "We're going to have to do something about your tongue" (Anzaldua 340). Let's do something about these bullies. Now that the American people are becoming more aware of this new form f power, laws are being written and more extreme monitoring of internet use is being put into place. Today over 37 states including New Jersey has anti-bullying laws specifically mandating school districts adopt anti-bullying policies. And with rising violence a deaths due to cyber bullying 16 states have now implemented some type of cyber bullying. Every year more and more and state governments are passing laws to protect children and adults alike from bullies. "On April 2, 2009, a federal level bill addressing cyber bullying was placed before the House of Representatives titled the "Megan Meier Cyber bullying Prevention Act"(Bill H.R. 1966)" (Dooley). Megan Meier was another victim of cyber bullying where on October 17, 2006, she hung herself after being bullied on "MySpace", a social networking internet site. According to Kean University, "because their motives differ, the solutions and responses to each type of cyber bullying incident has to differ too. Unfortunately, there is no "one size fits all" where cyber bullying is concerned. Whichever the way power takes its new form whether it is bullying or cyber bulling we will find ways to deal and try to overcome its challenges. As long as every party plays an active role implement preventive measures and enforce repercussions. The media continue to inform the public, government pass laws, schools enforce no tolerance attitudes and parents be active listeners and victimized teens stand up by speaking up we will lower the statistics of cyber bullying." Consequently, it is better to focus on the preventative measures rather than the solutions for dealing with cyber bullying and as time passes, the need for more serious action against this crime will become more evident and our laws too will evolve.
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              At some point during your childhood, you may have encountered that troubled individual, typically known as the "bully" that drove fear in the hearts of the weakest link by humiliating them, taking what is rightfully theirs, constantly picking on them and sometimes even inflicting physical abuse. Well I hate to break it to you but this individual is back and is more equipped than before, preying on the weak and vulnerable in the cyber world (internet). Most recently, it took a crime wave of "cyber bullying" before our media and leaders in the Untied States gave it attention; now that the American people realize that the "classroom bully" has evolved into a more dangerously clever and sinister inflictor of emotional scars, invader of privacy and has the potential to inflict life threatening humiliation. It is very difficult to put a stop to a crime of this nature and it will continue to get a lot of attention because it operates within the World Wide Web, an unregulated platform with a mixture of cultures and its own rules for governance by its creators. However, there are ways to deal with this new form of power, people are becoming more aware of cyber-bullying, schools are stepping by enforcing strict expulsion for bullying in any form and parents are enforcing internet usages.
              First, let us get a deeper understanding of this behavior, by carefully defining and identifying the possible sources or reason for such behaviors. Bullying is the constant act of aggressive behavior of intimidation to intentionally hurt another person, physically or mentally. Bullies continuously torture others to gain power and strength over the person being bullied. Conventional bullying involved acts such as: verbal abuse (teasing and name-calling) and physical abuse (hitting and punching) inflicting a sense of fear through social exclusion but now bullies have found and used internet as their new avenue of bullying. In recent years with technological advancements, the development of social networks and other numerous avenues to interaction on the internet have created a "center stage" for bullies to access a wider reaching audience to watch as they anonymously hurt individuals being bullied. Cyber Bullying is defined by the National Crime Prevention Council as - "when the Internet, cell phones or other devices are used to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person" (National Crime Prevention Council).
              The internet has created an entirely new world of social communications particularly for youths. There are no more barriers. Family, friends, young and old may now stay in touch with just about everyone, anywhere in the world through the use of email, text messaging, web chat, and instant messaging. Although, most interactions are friendly and in good nature, there are some that are not. The use of technology as a tool to antagonize, torment and intimidate others is now a widespread problem. Sadly, this form of bullying like all others is most common among children and young adults. Research done by Cox Communications on children between 13 thru 18 year-olds, 25 percent said they were cyber-bullied whether online or by cell phone (Cox Com. 2009). Also in 2007, the National Crime Prevention Council reported cyber-bullying as a problem that affected approximately half of all American teens. Since it is popular among this group of American teens, then it is safe look at some of possible reason cyber bullies of this age group are encouraged to take part in such activity. According to a survey in 2007 conducted my iSafe Organization of 1500 students between the 4th and 8th grade 42% of the students have been bullied while online, 35% of the students have been threatened online whether through e-mail or other messages. Among the 1500 students surveyed 58% admitted someone has said mean or hurtful things to them while online and the same 58% have not told their parents or any adult about the bullying the student encountered online.
              Cyber-bullying takes many forms of transmitting the bullies cruelty which includes texting, instant messaging, e-mail, blogging, voicemail and streaming videos online. On September 22, 2010, Tyler Clementi, an undergraduate student at Rutgers University, leapt off the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson River after two of his peers posted a live broadcasted on the internet of him and his partner in the privacy of his room. It all started when his roommate posted a twitter message on Sept. 19: "Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into molly's room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude, yay. " Clementi a gifted violinist was only 18 years old when he ended his life. Cyber bullied teens attacks follow them from school to home to online, wherever they go. And when a person has over 600 million accomplices that can be recruited to help target or humiliate another person, the risk of emotional pain is very real, and very serious. This was the case with Tyler Clementi. Tyler was embarrassed, humiliated and his private life put on display for all to see. According to the Cyber bullying Research Center founded in 2010, "the kind of mental anguish cyber bullying can cause can lead to severe depression and ultimately suicide" (CPR). Tyler has not been the only victim of cyber bully which led to suicide. On January 14, 2010, Phoebe Prince a student in Massachusetts after she was assaulted both physically and online succumbed to severe depression and eventually suicide (Bazelon). Phoebe had not yet lived a full life, she was only 15 years old at the time of her death.
              Now with the anonymity feature of cyber bulling provides further advantage to the perpetrator and encourages more or less anyone to indulge, regardless of a student's popularity in school, height, weight, beauty and location. Because of the internet bulling has made its way to a student's home, no longer is student even safe to escape to their place of salice the student called home. What was previously considered a safe place for victimize children, has now been infiltrated by these troubled individuals. Cyber bullies gain a sense of power and freedom through this alternative and feel free to do anything they would not normally do in the real world. Since cyber bullying has made its way in the home it is now left up to the parents to notice the change in their child behavior.
              According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations only 23 percent of teens speak to their parents about being bullied in or out of school. Parent need build good quality relationships with their children for the child to know that they have at least one trusted place the child can go. Survey conducted by the FBI shows parents tend to overreact and most children fear that telling the parents about a cyber bullying incident will only make matter worse (FBI 2010). Although it may be hard for a parent to restrain from taking matters in their own hands, the best thing for a parent to do is to report the incident to the appropriate authority. Based on the dangers and extent of the events they should make inform the school or local police (based on the dangers of the situation). Parents should remember to be supportive of your child during this time.
              As a parent remember word leave lasting effects on children , so parents need to remember this when they get tempted to present the "stick and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you" lecture. Teen are already struggling with new emotions, changing body part and raging hormone that words especially those from other teens affects them greatly. We can therefore say, the preventions not only lies the school but with the parents-within the home. One could say that a major part of the challenges of cyber bullying is due to the lack of adult authorities exercising control on children's internet activities. These include regular monitoring your child's access to certain websites and via mobile phones and computers, become abreast of the new technologies that are out there, keep an open mind towards your child's needs by respecting their privacy so that they may value others and communicate regularly with your child's school to detect early indications of these behaviors. The increase of the power of cyber bullying has made more and more people concerned and getting involved with the issue. Just as the dentist reinforce to Gloria Anzaldua in her, "How to Tame a Wild Tongue", "We're going to have to do something about your tongue" (Anzaldua 340). Let's do something about these bullies.
              Now that the American people are becoming more aware of this new form f power, laws are being written and more extreme monitoring of internet use is being put into place. Today over 37 states including New Jersey has anti-bullying laws specifically mandating school districts adopt anti-bullying policies. And with rising violence a deaths due to cyber bullying 16 states have now implemented some type of cyber bullying. Every year more and more and state governments are passing laws to protect children and adults alike from bullies. "On April 2, 2009, a federal level bill addressing cyber bullying was placed before the House of Representatives titled the "Megan Meier Cyber bullying Prevention Act"(Bill H. R. 1966)" (Dooley). Megan Meier was another victim of cyber bullying where on October 17, 2006, she hung herself after being bullied on "MySpace", a social networking internet site.
             
              According to Kean University, "because their motives differ, the solutions and responses to each type of cyber bullying incident has to differ too. Unfortunately, there is no "one size fits all" where cyber bullying is concerned. Whichever the way power takes its new form whether it is bullying or cyber bulling we will find ways to deal and try to overcome its challenges. As long as every party plays an active role implement preventive measures and enforce repercussions. The media continue to inform the public, government pass laws, schools enforce no tolerance attitudes and parents be active listeners and victimized teens stand up by speaking up we will lower the statistics of cyber bullying. " Consequently, it is better to focus on the preventative measures rather than the solutions for dealing with cyber bullying and as time passes, the need for more serious action against this crime will become more evident and our laws too will evolve.
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Yagelski, Robert P., ed. Reading Our World: Conversations in Context 2nd Ed. Boston, MA: Wadsworth ,
2010. Print.
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