Nowadays, more and more teenagers are using social media everywhere because the increased use of the internet and here come with the cyber-bullying. Cyber-bullying is one of the most serious problems which is caused by social media. There is a cyber-bullying case: Jessica Logan was an 18-year-old sycamore high school senior and she was suicide because the cyber-bullying. She sent a nude photo of herself to her boyfriend, but the photo was sent to hundreds of teenagers in Cincinnati-area. [1] Most of serious cyber-bullying cases end up with suicide because they couldn’t suffer the pressure, and girls are more easily being bullied online. We all know that teenagers especially girls like to post selfies on social media, and sometimes they will get hate messages, but they don’t know how to deal with cyber-bullying and always end up sad. To let more people know about the cyber-bullying, I want to show some data.

With the rise of cyber-bullying, many teens are a victim of it, or become a perpetrator. According the data there are 72% of teens report being cyber-bullied in past year; 25% of teens being bullied more than once; 5% of teens being bullied once or twice a week and 3% teens are being bullied almost every day. Even though many teens are victims, only few witnesses would speak out the crime; 90% of teens say they have seen someone be mean or cruel to another person on social media. Also the cyber-bullying has eight common types which we need to be careful: “1, Exclusion: teenagers may intentionally exclude others from online group. 2, Cyber-stalking: Constantly sending emails, messages, or tagging others in posts they don’t want to be tagged in. 3, Gossip: teens will post or send cruel messages that damage another’s reputation, relationships, or confidence. 4, Outing/Trickery: Cyberbullies will trick another teen into revealing secrets or embarrassing information which the cyberbully will then share online. 5, Harassment: Cyber-bullies will post or send offensive, insulting, and mean messages repeatedly. 6, Impersonation: Create fake accounts to exploit trust, hack into an account and post messages damaging to the person’s reputation or relationships. 7, Cyber Threats: Cyber-bullies will threaten or imply violent behavior toward others to make them feel uncomfortable. 8, Flaming: Online fights involving hateful or offensive messages posted to various websites, forums, or blogs. “[2] After teens knowing these types of bullying, they can learn how to stop the cyber-bullying. Also all states have laws about cyber-bullying, and more and more people start to concern the cyber-bullying problem.

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According the study, girls are more likely to cyberbully than boys; the tendency of cyber-bullying girls is rising. “According to recent statistics put out by the Bureau of Justice, the number of teenagers who reported being bullied at school was 37 percent. The number who claimed to have been the victims of cyber bulling was a staggering 52 percent. “[3] Girls often cyberbully secretly, they would open a fake account to send intimidating emails, and “girls often bully in packs or groups.” Girls are cyberbully other teens often because emotional problem, jealous or just for fun. These reasons are horrible and ridiculous, but the fact is these are many case happened in United State and China.

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In this image, we can see negative words, teenagers are cyberbully other people by sending these messages, and these words especially hurting girls psychologically. Girls use social media to bully other girls without physical touch. Unlike boys often more bully other people face-to face. Also cyber-bullying often ended suicide because the victim feel depression and couldn’t suffer the pressure or get laughed at, then they choose to commit suicide.

Word Cite

  1. https://nobullying.com/six-unforgettable-cyber-bullying-cases/
  2. https://www.rawhide.org/blog/wellness/teen-cyberbullying-and-social-media-use-on-the-rise/
  3. https://nobullying.com/is-cyber-bullying-more-common-with-girls/
  4. https://nobullying.com/social-media-bullying-has-become-a-serious-problem/
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