In this day and age, technology has become a necessity for everyone. The internet has become a critical tool of the business world, education, and allowing others to stay connected with friends and family. Although It is broadly used by all different genders and age groups across the country, the internet isn’t exactly the safest place, in fact the internet is anything but safe. The use of the internet has made it easier for people to tease and harass repeatedly without having to be face-to-face. Social media has a profound impact on cyber-bullying.
Facebook, and other widely used social media sites, are a platform that enable cyber-bullies to manifest. As technology has progressed in today society, so has bullying. I find the web can be an exceptionally risky place because anonymous users on social media sites such as Facebook can lead kids into hazardous circumstances, and posts online can have enduring impacts. Emily Bazelon mentions in her article How to Stop the Bullies, a report about a Facebook page called, “Let’s start Drama”. In this article, Emily states how the anonymous creator of “Let’s Start Drama”, “knew exactly how to use the Internet to rile her audience.
She hovered over them in cyberspace like a bad fairy, with the power to needle kids into ending friendships and starting feuds and fistfights.” (Bazelon). In the past, you knew who the attacker was, you couldn’t exactly stay anonymous when starting drama between others. As now, the attackers can change their identities and hide behind their computer screen, while bullying and harassing the other person. This generation doesn’t understand how their web-based social media activity can influence or affect others. While individuals can be malicious both on the internet or in-person, things online can be shared effortlessly.
“A parent provided the Howard County Times with screen shots of the Snapchat post, which show a white male student wearing a Confederate flag bandanna and using a racial slur.” (Michaels). Which is why you shouldn’t post anything on the web you wouldn’t want anyone to see because online content can be screen shot, downloaded, forwarded, or even reposted on other social media sites.
“Some have even been created solely for the purpose of hosting revenge porn; so getting something taken down isn’t always easy.” (Sanghani). Unfortunately, once things go viral online, it’s off to the races from there. Anyone who has access to the web can come across these types of post, like revenge porn and its not easy getting them removed from the web. Opposed to the old school traditional bullying, you didn’t have to worry about things going viral and being posted about you on the internet.
Now it’s as easy as one post or tweet on the internet for everyone to see.Another distinction between cyber-bullying and face-to-face bullying is cyber-bullying can happen at any place, any time. Amanda Hess mentions in her article, Why Women Aren’t Welcomed On The Internet, firsthand experience on how easily cyber-bullying can take place, “I was 12 hours into a summer vacation in Palm Springs when my phone hummed to life, buzzing twice next to me in the dark of my hotel room. I squinted at the screen. It was 5:30 a.
m., and a friend was texting me from the opposite coast. “Amanda, this twitter account. Freaking out over here,” she wrote. “There is a twitter account that seems to have been set up for the purpose of making death threats to you.
” (Hess). Before the internet was so easily accessible, bullying was more confined. Usually bullying happened while kids were at school or any other public place where the bully and victim are face-to-face. Now you can be completely across the country or even woken up out of a deep sleep, just to receive a hostile comment from a cyber-bully.
This obviously makes social media networks harder for people to escape cyber-bullying today.Given these points, different situations of cyber-bullying happen a lot versus traditional bullying. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have a serious impact on cyber-bullying today. Individuals still endeavor to comprehend everything about cyber-bullying verse face-to-face bullying.
Cyber-bullying may be less physical then face-to-face bullying, but it can have a more traumatic and longer-enduring impacts. Nonetheless, adolescents have found different methods for bullying.