The Youth Today
The most popular form of bullying in my eyes is cyber bullying. Teens and kids are on phones and electronic devices more than anything, but nobody knows what is going on behind the screen. Girls are getting called absurd names or are calling people these absurd names. Boys are picking on each other by strength and masculinity. Calling people “gay” or saying “kill yourself,” isn’t acceptable. This affects teens more than anything because they are pubescent and young, their minds still developing. People are affected by actions and words no matter what age, but being a teen you are still developing. I’m going to talk about cyberbullying, how girls are more involved in cyberbullying, and one case of someone being cyberbullied.
Cyber bullying involves using tell phones and the Internet to bully another person. Statistics showcyber bullying can lead to depression, anxiety, and sometimes suicide. “Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying.” says i-SAFE foundation. Even 1 out of 3 people have recieved cyberbullying threats, but a little less then a half actually tell their parents they are being bullied. According to The Harford County Examiner “girls are somewhat more likely than boys to be involved in cyber bullying.” Cyber bullied people are more likely to have a low-selfesteem and to consider suicide as the way out. Not only is cyberbullying important, but the people who do it are too.
In recent studies it has been shown that 52% of teens are being bullied online and 32% are being bullied in school. The form of bullying that girls use is different of that of a boy, and a bit more nasty. According to The University of Miami “Girls will often subtly exclude other individuals, indirectly ostracise victims, and spread vicious rumours about them.” Boys on the other hand use different methods. Boys are more likely to be involved in physical bullying than online bullying. Girls are sneaky and tend to hide bullying and they use tactics to play on emotions. Girls also are more likely to attack people in groups. While all of this information is important it’s also important to see people who have been cyber bullied.
Rebecca Sedwick was a 12 year old girl who was bullied online by two other teens, 12 year old Katelyn Roman and 14 year old Guadalupe Shaw. Rebecca had committed suicide by jumpinf from a concrete silo tower on September 9th. Her body was found the folowing Tuesday morning. Justice was brought to the two on charges of with aggravated stalking and being Rebecca’s tormentors. Shaw had written a facebook post that said “ Yes, I bullied Rebecca and she killed herself but I don’t give a f — .” Soon after the charges were dropped on the girls because of the lack of evidence. She had been bullied before, but nobody had susupected what was going on. They thought she was fine because she had not said anything about being bullied.
Tragic events can happen when your cyberbullied or just bullied in general. Cyberbullying, how girls bully more, and Rebecca are all very imoprtant. Cyberbullying is horrific and tremendously popular do to all the people with social media and texting. Girls can be cruel by playing on your emotions and fears. Rebecca took the path of death over the path of light and love. All we really need in this world is love and support.