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An Introduction to Cyber Bullying

May 9th, 2013

online bulliesTraditional bullying has been a problem among school age children for generations. Recent advances in technology and the web have created a new threat to our youth that has been dubbed “cyber bullying.”

Cyber bullying occurs most commonly through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Bullies send threats to and spread rumors about their victims through these sites, while often also tormenting them in person during school hours. Because of this amount of access, the cycle of victimization extends far beyond school hours and grounds.

Cyber bullying has led to several suicides over the past few years. There have been multiple instances of young girls killing themselves after being exploited by online bullies, who trick them into privately sending nude photos. The bullies then extort the girls, typically for money or more nude photographs, by threatening to publicly post the images.

Proposed laws in a handful of states aim to make cyber bullying a punishable offense.

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  • Learn About The Attorneys says on: June 27, 2013 at 7:56 pm

     

    As a parent of two teenagers, besides restricting them from certain websites, is there any other way of protecting the kids from downloading certain messenger software?

  • The Law Offices of Vic Feazell P.C. says on: June 27, 2013 at 9:05 pm

     

    This is a real concern. As my kids get older I’m going to wean them onto the internet slowly and make sure they know all the dangers, including this.

  • Ritter & Associates says on: July 1, 2013 at 8:12 pm

     

    Cyber bullying is such a terrible issue. Though when I was growing up, regular bullying was just as much of a problem.

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