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Should there be any regulation of cyberbullying?

September 19, 2019



Abstract
            Cyber bullying has become a common type of violence, especially among young people. This paper explores four different articles written on cyber bullying. It will generally cover what cyber bullying entails and who it mainly affects. We will discuss the reasons why the perpetrators do it and how it affects the victims. We will also look at the adverse effects on the victims hence show why cyber bullying should be regulated. The article includes related videos and images on cyber bullying.
Cyber Bullying General Definitions
Cyber bullying is a type of bullying that involves sharing, posting, sending negative, wrong and false rumors and gossip about a particular person that can cause embarrassment and humiliation. It takes place on digital devices like phones, tablets and computers. It can also be perpetrated over SMS, articles and social media platforms where many people can view comment and share the content. Mainly, it occurs on social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Whats App and Snap-chat. It also is sent as text messages to a mobile device and via email. It is a significant form of violence, and some can even cross the line and become unlawful and criminal behavior ( Stop bullying.gov, 2019).
Negative Effects of Cyber Bullying
The main effects of cyber bullying include:
·         It causes emotional problems like depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and drug and substance abuse.
·         It can lead to suicidal attempts majorly resulting from prolonged depression if the problem becomes severe and left without intervention for a long time.
·         Targets of bullying have a high risk of being bullied themselves as a way of revenge.
·         Cyber bullying can lead to physical violence hence becoming criminal and unlawful.
·         Leads to school unsatisfactorily and less achievement for a student due to emotional stress.
(Pacer.org, n.d)

Regulations of Cyber Bullying
Cyber bullying is currently a common form of violence, mainly because of the increased use of the internet and digital devices by people of all ages. Concluding from the above effects, cyber bullying should be regulated. That can be done in different ways. The government partakes in regulations by enacting cyber bullying laws making it an unlawful crime. There is also an intervention by the schools where the perpetrators can be suspended or expelled. Parents and society, in general, can also monitor young people and advice against cyber bullying. (Findlaw.com, n.d)



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References
(Cyberbullying, n.d) retrieved from https://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/cyberbullying/
(What is cyberbullying, 2019) retrieved from https://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it/index.html


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