How can we crack down on Cyberbullying?

Find the bullies on their favorite hangout; Facebook!

As a victim of childhood bullying, I know the classic forms of terrorizing that would take place in schools. Nothing beats a good ol’ physical altercation, but then there was always my favorite tactic employed by the more civilized bully; mental warfare.

The onslaught of after school cyber hangouts have taken this idea of mentally attacking someone to an entirely new level that has taken a toll on many victims of bulling. Not only are these kids not feeling safe in school, but their online persona is also attacked. It’s like the only way they can get out of the constant bullying is to withdraw from not only the physical world, but the cyber one as well.

So how does the media handle such terrible information? Well, Time Warner and Facebook have teamed up to start a campaign that will hopefully drive the anti-bullying message home with kids and young teens. They’re trying to get kids to speak out about any bullying they see with ads on Cartoon Network, but I’m not sure how willing a child will be to break the silence.

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, says that working together with parents and teachers will be the best way to teach students to speak out. I guess I agree with her, but I feel like it’s gonna take years before we see any improvement.

Real life is one thing, but how long does it take to get the virtual gum out of your hair?



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3 Responses to How can we crack down on Cyberbullying?

  1. Kelly says:

    I agree that it will take a while – doesn’t it seem like adults should be able to override online content of minors, instantly? I am, and have been for a while, surprised that the “report abuse” option is not more immediate. The issue of censorship v. bullying certainly will continue to be a hot topic.

  2. student says:

    I also agree , but it makes me wonder, once again, if it was the right move to open Facebook up to children. These kids aren’t even old enough to vote, yet we’ve opened them up to a whole new cyber world and we’re not allowing parents to maintain instant control over what they see when they see it.

  3. Jackie says:

    Parents have to be involved. It is not responsible parenting to let your child loose on Facebook or any other social media site out there without providing supervision. They are kids, they are still learning and growing. When they are friends with older people, they see what they are doing, they want to be “cool” like them. They imitate what they want to be, if they aren’t corrected, they never learn. Parents and other adult influences involved with a kid’s Facebook page have to teach kids, the good and the not so good, right from wrong.