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Emily Acevedo

Deana Nall

Comp II 1312

26 February 2014
Anti-cyberbullying strategies should be more enforced in schools because of the growth
of technology in schools. Technology has advanced to the point where cyberbullying has become
more and more common in schools. Therefore, the school should know about how to deal with
cyberbullies, even if the incidents happen outside of school.
Cyberbullying is sending mean, vulgar, or threatening messages or images to someone
through electronic technology. Cyberbullying can also include spreading rumors about someone
electronically. Cyberbullying is different than face-to-face bullying, because the person being
bullied has no way to run away and hide from the bully. The victim of the bully can be contacted
through social media sites, text messages, chat groups, email, and websites. This means that even
outside of school, students can be bullied without being face-to-face (Cyberbullying). There
are many effects of cyberbullying on children, teens, and even adults. With the rise in
technology, children are starting to use social media at a younger age than ever (Landau,
Schools should teach their students what cyberbullying is, and that they do not tolerate it
at all. There are some schools around the country that do teach their students about
cyberbullying, but they should get the point across better. If they set certain rules and the rules
are broken, there should be certain consequences for breaking the rules. This way, the students
are told what is not allowed and can avoid cyberbullying. I think the solution to this problem
would be to have the schools require a class for everyone to take informing the students about

cyberbullying. This could resolve the minor cyberbullying that is happening. For the major
cyberbullying going on I think the school should punish the people involved in the problem and
this way that cyberbullying is not taken lightly. Some people may think just educating people
about cyberbullying wont solve the issue, but it will be lessened if everyone truly knows and
understands the consequences and damages done. Educating people is a start. Schools could
incorporate Internet Safety Awareness classes into the curriculum so that these students know
whats expected of them on not bullying and being safe. Also, the school could involve the
students, parents, and teachers in discussions about bullying prevention. By getting everyone
involved at PTA meetings and school events, there could be a decrease in cyberbullying in
schools ("What to Do If You're Being Bullied on a Social Network).
When kids are using computers to do their homework, this opens up a place where they
can begin to be bullied by fellow classmates and students electronically. People should be aware
of some of the examples the kids could start to do. They could start using drugs and alcohol,
skipping school due to being scared to go to school, experience in-person bullying, start seeing
their grades drop, have a lower self-esteem, and can even become suicidal. There are many
statistics about cyberbullying and about 15.4% of kids have avoided school when being bullied,
4.5% have been in a physical fight with their bully, 42% of kids have been bullied online, 35%
of kids have been threatened online, 21% have received threatening messages via e-mail or
through other things, and 58% have not told an adult about being bullied (O, Chris).
By schools knowing more about cyberbullying, they can hopefully put an end to the
majority of it by having more awareness on it. They can get everyone involved and lower the
percentages of students who get bullied through social media, or electronic technology. By

requiring a class for everyone to take on cyberbullying, it will not only inform them about what it
is, but what consequences will come from the school if any rules are broken.



Work Cited
"Cyberbullying." Education.com. N.p., 18 Feb. 2011. Web. 3 Feb. 2014.
Landau, Elizabeth. "When Bullying Goes High-tech." CNN. Cable News Network, 27 Feb. 2013.
Web. 3 Feb. 2014.
O, Chris. "Speech Buddies Parents' Corner - Kids in Crisis: Cyberbullying - Blog - The New
School Bully." Speech Buddies Blog RSS. N.p., 24 Sept. 2013. Web. 3 Feb. 2014.
"What to Do If You're Being Bullied on a Social Network." Bullying on Social Networks. N.p.,
n.d. Web. 3 Feb. 2014.