Essay about Cyberbullying: an Issue Beyond Adolescence

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Cyberbullying: An Issue Beyond Adolescence

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This research paper will provide the definition for cyberbullying as well as describe several case studies that reflect the results of being victimized. These studies are represented by research conducted by accredited sources. Within this research paper, we will talk about the life of four young adolescents who were taunted, bullied, humiliated, and harassed via social media and the decisions they made. This research paper discusses that cyberbullying is a problem beyond childhood and adolescence and will provide possible solutions taking into account that although there are traditional forms of bullying, cyberbullying is an issue that needs to be addressed.
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The study found that cyberbullying victims are 30% more likely to commit suicide than those with no experience of cyberbullying (Cyberbullying Research Center, 2012).
The Dalhousie University in Halifax also conducted a study earlier this year that analyzed 41 cases of suicide linked to cyberbullying since 2003 in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. This study states that the cyberbullying phenomenon has grown over the past decade. Twenty-three of these cases have been in the US. These cases were based on studies of teenage girls 13-18 years old (Goldman, 2012).
The article “Teen's video tells story of cyberbullying before suicide” refers to the case of Amanda Todd. It explains that after more than a year of being a victim of harassment and cyber-bulling, Amanda took her own life. It describes different methods of self-harm that she attempted and how these escalated to suicide. This article explains that schools cite privacy so they do not identify any details about Amanda or the bullying but schools indicate that supports were in place for Amanda and since her suicide, grief counselors are available. The School District’s spokesperson said that combating bullying on social media is challenging (Mangelsdorf, 2012).
Thompson, Hailie. “Amanda”. Photo. Vancouver