New Age Bullying…

By Meredith Frey, Carole Gilfedder, Bryan Knipfing, and Lisa Rankin

Why do people have a need or desire to act superior to others?  This desire is usually driven by a subconscious need to make ourselves feel more important and generally displays weakness in our own character.  It has found its way into our families, school yards, and even places of work.  There are many definitions that can be used for this unpleasant and unwarranted behavior but the one that best suits the purpose of this article is: “the intimidation of a weaker person: the process of intimidating or mistreating someone weaker or in a more vulnerable situation”.  Bullying has been a long standing “tradition” in society but it has spiraled into more danger than we once believed. Recent bullying statistics show that half of all traditional bullying incidents go unreported. Statistics regarding cyberbullying indicate even less of these type are reported. Traditionally, a schoolyard bully is the child who is the biggest, strongest, and stereotypically the meanest.  The ability to intimidate others out of toys, friends, and of course lunch money belonged to the ill mannered boy or girl that could most easily intimidate the other children.  A cyberbully on the other hand can remain nameless through technology.  This means that the general character of the intimidator no longer needs to be the biggest or the meanest because behind a screen name or a blog no one can truly depict who the initiator is.  This makes cyberbullying more of a threat because more students can participate without the fear of retaliation.

Today, more than any other school safety problem, bullying affects students’ sense of security.  Once thought of as a relatively harmless behavior that helps to build young people’s character, bullying is now known to have long-lasting harmful effects, for both the victim and the bully.  In a study of 210 college students, University of Florida researchers discovered a link between what psychologists call relational victimization in adolescence and depression and anxiety in early adulthood.  Being victimized by someone you know can lead a child to suffer from angst and apprehension throughout their life.

Cyberbullying is said to be far worse than traditional bullying mainly because of the speed and reach of today’s technology. In the past, bullying was done through aggressive behavior, such as hitting, spitting, kicking, and physically harming the victim. Verbal abuse like name calling, teasing, sarcastic remarks, and ridiculing was a common method of bullying. Both were generally repeated quite often and without the victim doing anything to provoke the offender.

Many kids utilize instant messaging and email as a means of harassment when they “ping” enemies with profanities and violent threats using fake screen names. Social networking sites, such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc., creates a means for posting embarrassing photos, comments, and hosting mean spirited online polls. Experts believe that they will soon overtake chat rooms as the top source of cyberbullying problems worldwide.  A common act of cyberbullying can be altering photos of a victim in a detrimental way, which is easily accomplished with photo editing software available to everyone. Often cell phones cameras are used to take risqué photos unbeknownst to the victim. These photos are then posted online available for the world to view. Blogs, created anonymously, often encourage others to posts intimidations and threats with little accountability on the bully. Recent bullying statistics show that half of all traditional bullying incidents go unreported. Statistics regarding cyberbullying indicate even less of these type are reported.

There are some disturbing statistics about cyberbullying that demonstrate how widespread this trend is becoming. Unfortunately, no place is safe from cyberbullying, however, there are some areas where it is worse than others. School bullying statistics and cyberbullying statistics in 2007 say that the five worst states to be bullied in grades K thru 12 were, in ascending order, Washington, Pennsylvania, Illinois, New York, and California.

Cyberbullying is an issue that affects many students and a topic that all teachers must directly confront.  Primarily, it is important for teachers to understand the profile of the bully and victim. Bullies have a high level of perceived respect from adults and peers alike and “tend to be at the top of the school social hierarchy.” On the other hand, victims of bullying, regardless of whether it occurs in school or on the Internet, are more likely to have social anxiety and distress.

Knowing this, teachers must become aware of the bullying that takes place between students, regardless of the fact that some of it may take place outside of school.  Even bullying that takes place over the Internet still has an impact on the classroom environment and students’ learning.  First, it is essential for teachers to do their best to prevent cyberbullying. Teachers must create an atmosphere of mutual respect, where all students’ characteristics and dignity are honored and valued.  Also, teachers must face the issue of bullying head-on and allow for discussions regarding the negative effects of bullying.  Finally, it may be helpful for all educators to create a school-wide character education and peer-mediation program where values such as cooperation and tolerance are strengthened.

Lessons plans can be developed to allow students to identify different types of bullying and to engage in role playing situations in which bullying may occur and how to avoid or confront cyber bullying.  Also, according to http://www.how-to-stop-bullying.com, lesson plans should be developed to help students build social skills, such as expressing how they feel in certain situations and how to compromise with other people.

As an educator, how do YOU combat such harassment among your students in this technological society?

References:

http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/e12011405.pdf

http://www.Cyberbullyalert.com

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http://www.education.com/special-edition/bullying/cyberbullying/

http://www.how-to-stop-bullying.com/61563440

http:// www.Sciencedaily.com

Juvonen, Jaana & Gross, Elisheva F.  (2008).  Extending the School Grounds?-Bullying Expereinces in Cyberspace [Electronic Version].  The Journal of School Health, 78(9), 496-505.

Langdon, Susan W. & Prebele, William. (2008).  The Relationship between Levels of Perceived Respect and Bullying in 5th through 12th Graders [Electronic Version].  Adolescence, 43(1), 485-503.

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56 responses to “New Age Bullying…

  1. Very interesting article and I absolutely agree that with the introduction of “cyber-bullying,” it is a major issue that needs to be addressed. At the school I work at there have been numerous issues with facebook and the posting of obscene pictures and comments that are very hurtful. One way the school is dealing with bullying issues like this, is through the club B.R.A.V.E, which stands for Bully Reduction and Anti-Violence Education. If have seen how this club helps students first hand and think it is something more schools should try. The school social worker begins the school year visiting each classroom explaining BRAVE and doing lessons on how to identify a bully and what do do if you encounter one. The students were very responsive and it certainly helps built there confidence.

    • To me, this sounds like a never-ending problem. Bullying has been going on since kids have been going to school…so that means “forever”. Some schools frequent more bullying than others and some schools, with the small amount of bullying that goes on, have more severe cases that others. I do not believe I have ever heard of a solution to this problem.

      And now with the current times of cyber-bullying just proves that bullying continues on, as sad as it is. What I believe to mend or help mend cyber-bullying, is for kids to keep their Facebook and myspace accounts private. There are options for the user to choose from so that other users who are not “friends” cannot contact each other. Things like that should definitely help or mend the situation, especially if the bullying is only cyber-bullying.

      As far as helping out in the classrooms, teachers, from day 1, need to administer an open-talk atmosphere…whether it is during a free period or after (before) school hours. I think this will keep students from the hurtful bullying, not only in the schools, but outside of them as well.

  2. With increased technology comes great responsibility in the classroom….. we must all keep an eye out for stuff…. cyberbullying can be worse than regular bullying because it can spread a rumor to the whole school with the click of a mouse…. yikes !

  3. I have to say I am so glad I don’t have to grow up in these technologically advanced times. I can only imagine the humilation some children go through. It is really sad how other children disrespect eachother in such harsh ways. I like how the article gives suggestions on how to help teachers deal with this accelerating problem, like building social skills and creating respectful classrooms where students feel appreciated and comfortable. I also think it is important to make sure students know how to express themselves and understand how important their feelings are.

  4. This article clearly described the definition of a bully. No matter how old you are, specific bullies from the past are bound to come to mind.

    I also couldn’t help but think about the tragedy in Columbine while I was reading it.

    I agree that cyber bullying is very dangerous, since it spreads a wider net. But, is it really anonymous? Can’t the same technology that allows it to happen be used to locate the source?

    I guess the old adage, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but names can never hurt me,” doesn’t really apply anymore.

  5. I think education is the key here. Students might think twice about doing this kind of thing if they understand where this might lead and that there will be negative consequences for anyone who engages in this sort of thing. It’s like yelling fire in a crowded theatre. You can’t just say what you want if it hurts other people. schools need to adopt a zero tolerance policy. Just like with drugs and drinking, cyber-bullying has no place in an educational environment. Technology has many benefits to students. Smartboards help educate. Should we eliminate technology because it has the potential for misuse? No. Cars can kill people or transport them depending on how they are used. Participants in this kind of thing need to be identified and dealt with appropriately.

  6. I think it is so sad how such issues as bullying just get worse with time. The fact that people have the heart to humiliate others in such horrible ways worries me about what world we are headed towards. I believe that we as teachers definitely have a moral duty to help prevent this. As the article states, we must create lessons and situations in the classroom to teach students about the consequences of such actions. We need to become proactive in these situations to help build a better tomorrow!

  7. Cyber bullying is a major issue in today’s schools. Many students have facebook, myspace, and twitter accounts where this type of bullying runs rampant. I have had experience with this issue within my own classroom. Many parents want children to avoid accessing these social networking websites. This is impossible. Children will find a way to access these websites outside of home and school. What we must do as teachers is educate! I agree with a previous comment that children should be taught that their are repercussions for what they write online. Just as their are reproductions for bullying in person. When we put a face on the person who is cyber-bullying, children can better understand that just because they are sitting behind a computer, they are not protected. What a person writes online can be just as hurtful as what a person says face-to-face.

  8. I think it is very important for teachers to include lessons on bullying in their curriculum. Not only does bullying affect the victim but it can turn around on the one doing the bullying. Teaching children about bullying can also help the teacher target or find situations where bullying is occurring. Unfortunately, cyber bullying is unavoidable but by bringing it to the children’s attention, hopefully we as teachers can limit its occurrences.

  9. Creating lesson plans with role playing is a strategy that might work with very young kids. As kids get older, they don’t want to be associated with either part of the scenario. I do like the notion of teaching kids the social skills needed to deal with issues like bullying, how to respond, etc.
    The worst part about cyber bullying is that it stays there, it’s not a passing remark like a verbal one but remains in cyberspace as fodder for anyone to hook onto.
    In schools, it seems that teachers have decided that kids should fight their own battles, that bullying is the natural order of things and they tend to hang back and watch – at least that’s what my middle school son tells me.

  10. As an educator, I think it is important to talk to your students about harassment laws. Sometimes they do not know they are being harassed or might not realized what they are doing is illegal.

    I also believe it is important to build it in to my lesson plans through social activities, or research studying. Students generally do not realize what they are doing or what has happened to them until it gets to extreme situations. It is important to educate them to talk to an adult about it when it first starts, so it can be handled properly.

  11. This is such an important and disturbing topic. As teachers I do feel that it is our responsibility to be on top of these things. Cyber bullying makes it much more difficult. An attentive teacher is somewhat able to get a sense of what is going on in his or her classroom. You can tell who is bullying who and what types of arguments are happening. The cyber bullying takes that opportunity away. I think something that is important is that our students have a sense that coming to you is an option. Even though I am not able to know what is going on over the internet at least my students who are being harassed and bullied can come to me so I can intervene. I think that parents and teachers need to be on the same page. Parents need to monitor what their children are doing and report to the teacher things that need to be brought to her attention.

  12. It is amazing to see how over time instead of bullying getting better the more technology introduced the more bullying gets worse. i do feel as teacher we have to develop ways in which children see and understand how hurtful this can be. I also feel that at this point parents should be taking a bigger part in monitoring what their children are doing. Since parents are the ones who give these children the chances to use the new technology they should know what their children are doing. Bullying is something that children do not forget and it grows with them. Bullying is what makes our students develop low self-esteems, we as teachers are responsible to help develop our students self-esteem and limit bullying.

  13. This is very interesting article and very true. Cyberbullying has been increasing over the past few years and like it was addressed because the bully can be left anonymous and get away without any consequences. Children can have long lasting low self-esteem because of this, which will greatly affect their school performance. Parents and teachers need to address children topics of respect as well as treating others as you would want to be treated. Parents especially need to monitor what their children are doing. Also, i feel like the media, video games, and shows that have violent sources in them do influence a child’s behavior. The child might think its okay to treat someone like in lets say grand theft auto and be able to beat someone up or hurt them. Parents need to monitor what the child is viewing.

  14. Bullying has always been a major issue in and outside of school systems. Children who are bullies are looked at as superior, however most often they are the ones with the lowest self-esteem. They feel that by hurting someone else they are improving their own self, but in fact it goes to show in insecure they are. Since technology has grown, bullying has as well. Students now have found a way to bully without even being in the same room as their subjects. In fact, through the internet bullies can disguise their true identity by making up a fake name. As future teachers, we have to reinforce how hurtful bullying can be at the earliest level. Children in elementary school should have discussions and assemblies so they can see the effects of bullying. This could help the situation but not eliminate it completely. We need to show children how important they are in the classroom in order to enhance their self-esteem.

  15. I found this article very interesting as well as relavant in today’s schooling system. Bullying starts out at a very young age, and those young children that start so young, are normally repeat offenders as they continue throughout their school years. For the children that are bullied, whether it is in the schools or on the Internet, they do not feel safe coming to school, and this can lead to their grades slipping, or perhaps in very severe cases, them not wanting to participate in school any more. “Cyberbullying”, as discussed in the article, can be very scary because children that are bullying can make up fake aliases, and therefore do not need to worry about the consequences that they would receive if they were to bully in their school. Unfortunately, with all of the technology available to children, it is very hard to mediate what they are doing at all times, and many children find themselves in dangerous situations in regards to the Internet.

    As teachers, I think that it is very important to include character development and bullying in curriculum. When students are aware of the harm that bullying can put on a student, they might be less prone to partaking in it. Perhaps doing an activity in which students can learn to resolve conflicts and speak about their feelings, so that they do not have to resort to physical or verbal abuse. These skills will be very important to students as they continue throughout their education and lives. Teaching them the correct way to handle a situation, and stressing how harmful bullying really is, is important to do early on in a child’s education so that they can take what they learn and apply it in their lives.

  16. I loved this article because the topic is a very significant and sensitive one. Just the word bullying brings back painful memories for me, and I am sure that most people can relate to the hurt it can cause. I would like to see bullying wiped out completely from all schools, but this is a very challenging problem.

    Social networks on the internet can be a great thing, but now we know that they can also have dreadful consequences for children that may be bullied in that manner. A simple bullying incident may spiral out of control. It can be extremely hurtful, and children can lose their self esteem. Now it’s not just the schoolyard that knows about the bullying, but literally the whole world can be aware of it!

    It is never too early to teach children the importance of respect for others, and the dangers of cyber bullying and traditional bullying. With technology being so advanced, I don’t see why a bully should remain “without a face,” on the internet. There are ways to track down perpetrators, and they should be punished by being banned from using certain social websites, such as face book and instant messaging, etc.

    Teachers have a moral responsibility to help children with these issues. We need school officials, teachers, students and the community to come together to address this issue in order to stop it from hurting innocent children, and others as well. Together we can accomplish wiping it out of schools and our world.

  17. Cyberbullying is an all too real problem amongst today’s youth. The anonymity of the internet provides these emotional predators the perfect landscape to prey on others. Children who engage in cyberbullying will say things to others that they would not tell them in person. The problem is that it is hard to police this form of bullying. How far does the role of the teacher and school extend? Can cyberbullying really be controlled? Bullying programs in schools are often few and far between. I can’t even remember having any of these set up in my high school. They need to be administered on a regular basis if they are going to have any impact on the children of today.

  18. I have read articles and seen stories where stdents have killed thenmselves over cyberbullying! Though bullying has been around forever, I feel it is much worse! I remember kids skipping school for a few days after being targeted but taking their own lives means this is now a serious issue. I believe that schools must impliment programs that target and educate students about bullying from a young age. These programs must continue throughout their educational career. Teachers must also b informed and proactive. As future teachers we must be able to notice the signs. We need to be the person our students can trust and confide in. And all this must be done with support from home! Parents must be willing to partake in this effort collaboratively with the school, the tachers and the students. I believe that the only way to combat this problem is if everyone stands together and unites against this horrible problem!

  19. Cyberbullying is much worse now than ever due to the amount of teen websites and technologies that are available. Through Twitter, Facebook, and Myspace students are able to post and send information to everyone at the click of a mouse. Cell phones and text messaging is also a key problem with this bullying. I also feel that teachers should be responsible for knowing their students and knowing the pop culture they are involved in. There are many popular shows on the television that are directly related to cyberbullying. Gossip Girl on the CW is VERY popular among girls and teens/young adults. Here this show is about underage partying, drinking, and being the “queens” of the school. (Basically bullying and hazing all students under them.) There have been many incidents in my school where students are copying ideas from the show and using them in their lives.

  20. What a great article. Although I am not a classroom teacher yet, I hope that my classrooms are a place of respect and trust. Having said that, I hope that my students can be honest with me and with their peers and if they see something, I hope that they will be able to say something. The truth of the matter is, if someone is being bullied and you don’t say something then next time it could very well be you who is being bullied. That is another important factor that students have to recognize. I hope that teachers use the role-playing idea suggested in this article to discuss the effects of bullying because sadly when I was in school, my teachers didn’t do that and when I was personally bullied, no one did anything about it. You learn to move on, but you never forget how badly you felt at that moment (or moments in some cases). It seems that bullying is the “trendy” thing to talk about now with it being a main topic on so many TV shows. I just hope that this trend helps the number of bullying incidents reported decrease since I hate to think of how many silent victims there are in schools today.

  21. I agree wiht this article. Cyberbullying is a problem. It is much easier for students, or anyone for that matter, to say things about a person when that person is not directly in front of you. The “bullies” are hiding behind their computer screens. They need to know that the internet should be used as a communication tool, not a weapon.
    Also, it is important for students to understand that by saying things through the internet, much may be lost in translation. When you speak with someone in person they are able to see your body language and hear your tone. This is not so online, there the tone of what is written is up for interpretation by the reader.

  22. lovestoteach87 How do we keep track on cyberbullying. They can do it at any time anonymously. Its not as simle to say teachers to keep a eye out on it. Traditional bullying was difficult enough for teachers to keep under control. I can only think that teachers must continually emphasis to their students the negative effect and power that bullying has on the individuals.

  23. This article brings up a real issue within today’s schooling. Bullying has been an issue in some way or another probably since the begging of time. Cyberbulling seems to be the latest way of intimidating others without having to own your actions, and possible repercussions. This article explains it in a very understandable way and brings light to this unfortunate reality. It also posses some great ideas on how it can possibly be dealt with. I think they did a great job.

  24. kristinobrien1021

    Cyberbullying can be one of a teachers number one problems that is hidden or can not be adreseed because it is not under school grounds.
    Teacher need to be aware of what is going on in their classrooms and who is doing the bullying.
    Bully’s do not always look like bullys that we think or like they are protrayed on TV. Children can be really impacted and hurt by this.

    As teachers we have to be aware of everything that is going on, and know the next option. Also we should be aware is there is a bullying program in schools that can help prevent or suggest what we can do as teachers or what students can do

    Thank you great article!

  25. Cyberbullying is a very serious issue. It seems to simple to say that teachers need to be aware of this. How can teachers seriously know what students are doing on their home computers?

  26. Cyberbullying is major problem in todays schools. Although bullying in the form of hitting, spitting, name calling, etc. has been around forever, I feel that it is so much easier to bully over the internet. The internet allows you to be anonymous and faceless. Therefore, you can get away with much more then ever before. There have been so many articles and news stories on kids that are bullied through social networks like myspace and facebook. One girl , if i remember correctly committed suicide over things that were sent to her on myspace.
    Students are not the only victims of cyberbullying either. Often many times teachers are cyberbullyed as well. It is so easy for students to find out email addresses and post things online. I was recently at a conference and they talked about students taking pictures of their female teachers and posting their faces on the bodies of porn stars. This is so terrible, and it actually made me a little nervous as a future teacher.
    I feel that teachers need to be aware of the bullying that takes place in the school, but the parents should also be aware of what is going on in the home.

  27. i agree with islanders123. Unless these things are printed out and shown to parents, teachers etc, how can we fully punish these acts? Im sure there is a way to acquire anything you post on the internet but it can be difficult sometimes. Bringing up fake screen names and then deleting the accounts can make this difficult. So, basically the students need to educated on the conequences to both sides of bullying…the bullied and the bully.

  28. I agree that cyberbullying is a big problem – especially because it’s still a relatively new development. Many teachers, parents and administrators simply don’t know what to do with cyberbullying issues, even when it becomes very obvious.

    Cyberbullying is also easier to commit than traditional bullying, I think. As described in the article, traditional bullying involves face-to-face interaction, physical pressure, and most importantly, your identity. Cyberbullying can be anonymous – which pretty much invites trouble.

    And I totally agree with islanders123 and rlasher2. Due to its “virtual” nature, it’s also harder to prove and punish. For example, my sister was threatened online by one girl in particular, but mostly via the bully’s other friends. In order to prove it, we had to go through months of posts and e-mails, print it all out, and wait until the threat from the girl was clear enough to bring to the administration. Even then, the administration didn’t really know what to do about it.

  29. This is a very interesting article. I think that Cyberbullying is more dangerous than traditional bullying because the cyberbully can hide his/her identity and cannot be held accountable for his/her actions. On day 1, teachers should address all the consequences of bullying a person and encourage students to report and look for support if they are victims of bullies.

  30. I definitely agree that cyberbullying is a huge problem in this day and age. I really believe that parents need to closely monitor their child’s time on the computer and have an idea of what sites they are visiting. I feel strongly that way too many kids nowadays are staying on the computer for many hours a day and just causing trouble. The parents need to really keep an eye on what their child is doing online and they can let their children know to come with them if they are having any of these bullying problems. I agree that this should also be addressed in the classroom, as this is the place that much of the bullying begins (before it moves to the cyber arena). Websites need to also be monitored more closely by site creators because these cyberbullies are getting away with hurting other kids and there really has to be a stop put to all of this.

  31. No teacher can monitor bullying 24/7. Also educating the students is one way to ensure that you get the message out to the students that bullying is unacceptable, but it is all up to the students. However the students react is their decisions. I have always felt that bullying comes from an insecurity within. So as teachers we would have to deeper into a child’s pysche to really understand why they bully. Then after trying to understand why they bully then we can find ways to teach children how to deal with their anger and frustrations and teach them how bullying is not the way to deal with their problems.

  32. Cyberbullying is important to look out for. We should definitely look out for it and if you feel like it is happening to your students maybe try to get information or be informed about it to prevent it. It is difficult to detect because it may not happen in your classroom. Instead it will happen on the student’s personal time. The negative thing to look out for is when it affects the children in your classroom.

  33. Due to technological advances such as the internet and cell phones, bullying seems to have extended outside the school enviroment. Some good implications for teachers to share with their class are: take precautions with cell phone and internet use so as to block or cease the bullying from occurring, be cautious as to who they give their phone numbers, e-mails addessess, or instant message names to, never respond to intimidating messages and always inform an adult, and save the message that was sent as proof in case the bullying persists. Consistent lessons about bullying should also be reinforced periodically throughout the school year. In school, teachers can monitor hallways during the end of a class period. Their presence may make some students feel more secure.

  34. Cyber bullying is increasing all over the country and is harder to deal with because it is not happening in the classroom, or during recess. As a teacher it should be your job to have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to any form of bullying.

    As a teacher there should be seminars in the begining of the school year and through out about how to handle bullying, and precautions you can take towards not allowing it to happen, as well as things that can be done if it has started. A teacher can bring in the help of a guidance counseler to help them with this and allow a student to be comfortable to speakingt one if necessary. the parents should also be given a tip sheet on how to help their child as well.

    These type of strategies will help a child not suffer in silence. And allow the bullying to stop and not affect their school work, and self esteem.

  35. There are so many things to worry about as a teacher! Bullying is certainly at the top of that list. I remember when in middle school (ya know, that time where everyone goes through their awkward phase), I was the victim of bullying. Maybe it wasn’t such an awful experience, but I can’t imagine how my life may have turned out differently if I had done something about it. We can’t allow children to feel this way. Had I learned an effective way to manage or speak up regarding this issue, I may have been able to help others I had seen having similar issues, let alone, myself. Granted that was 10 years ago, I still remember. Even as adults, we never forget when our feelings are hurt, at least I don’t. That’s why I am a firm believer/follower of character education. I think children need to be given the necessary tools to develop strong characteristics that guide them not only to do the right thing in the classroom, but outside as well. This portion of education can certainly be dispersed among all disciplines as well. Our options for teaching character education now are far greater than they were 10 years ago, and will only grow in the coming years. I think this kind of curriculum will definitely have an impact on bullying and allow children to speak up if they have a problem. We need to push to get this problem to stop.

  36. Cyber-bullying is becoming a major issue these days because this is a form of bullying that is not as easily noticed by others. This type of Bullying is hard for us as teachers becasue it is not being done during the time period that these children are under our watch! this makes it harder becasue we have to deal with making sure the parents or someone at home are doing there best to stop what is going on, and make sure it doesnt follow them into school.

  37. i feel that cyber bullying is a very big deal to students these days. It can not only be done on computers but now on cell phones. however if it is brought to the teachers attention i feel a teacher must get involved by contacting the parents immediatly.

  38. Bullying is a problem that affects everyone, not just children and teenagers. Adults engage in this behavior as well in office settings as well as in social and community groups.
    How can we expect our students/children to respect each other if they see us treating our peers poorly? I believe that the solution to this problem has to come from parents and teachers if it has any chance of success.

  39. Bullying is a terrible problem in our schools that as previously stated often does not end in childhood. Unfortunately many people continue this behavior into college and their adult lives. The problem of cyber bullying is ever more present because people can leave negative comments over the internet with no threat of punishment. Laws need to be enforced and need to be stricter regarding the consequences of this behavior.

  40. Bullying has long been a problem amongst youth populations. Raising the question of cyber-bullying, and how to deal with such a phenomena is pertinent and thought-provoking. Cyber bullying is a growing phenomena that definitely deserves the attention of future/current educators

  41. As a camp counselor during the summer, it is not rare that I see students picking on each other. Usually, the bigger or “cooler” kids pick on the smaller or “dorky” kids. The thing that amazes me every summer however, is how differently all of the kids in the middle react to bullying when they see it, in comparison to when I was a child. To elaborate, when I was a child nobody ever stood up for one another and everyone just kind of fought their own battles. Nowadays, if someone has a problem with you, this guy gets his friends, the other guy gets his friends, and so on. This new age of bullying is also being done over the computer or through text messages. I think that bullys nowadays are gutless, and they hide behind computer screens and phones. I always tell kids that are about to get into fights, that the most couragous thing to do in a fight is to walk away like the other person does not mean anything to you. With no surprise, that line barely ever sticks in their minds.

  42. This article is very interesting and I agree that bullying is a huge problem in our schools. More than ever kids are faced by the media to look a certain way and we must all invest in the latest fads! Teachers being completly intolerant of bullying in the classroom is a way in which to have control over respect in the classroom. Also, teachers should create lesson plans in order for students to know what do if they are victim of bullying! With the increase in technology it seems bullying is becoming easier to do with a little bit of effort.

  43. I thought this was a very interesting article, the title caught me eye immediately. I think teachers need to take a more active approach when it comes to bullying, so many people just turn their backs even when they know that it can lead to permanent damage. Teachers should make a point to teach acceptance as well as the affects that bullying can have on fellow students.

  44. Bullying in schools should be taken seriously and schools should recognize the students are bullying others. This is a hard situation growing up and is not a healthy school atmosphere and it can ruin the lives of the students being bullied. Some students being bullied can have permanent issues and other self-essteem problems as they grow up and this is just to sad and school should immediately recognize it and take things into consideration and help prevent bullying.

  45. While Cyberbullying is a new and innovative way for bullying to occur, I think it is much more serious than traditional bullying. Sending e-mails and text messages that are in a threatening manor is a form of harassment. The police can become involved much easier than if the offense happened in the school. Also, there is a record somewhere of what was done. Unless it is being done strictly from a public computer, or the person is more than tech savvy, the police can find out the computer through its ip address.
    I agree that all of the anti-bullying techniques should be employed, but i think educators and parents should keep the legal aspects in mind also.

  46. Cyberbullying is as bad as the traditional bullying, it is sad that there is bullying in schools today. Students should really be thinking about getting an education , instead of bullying others. Cyberbullying is very bad and can hurt not only that one person , but can hurt family and friends of that person. The good thing is that you can get proof of it, if it becomes serious.

  47. This is an excellent entry that calls attention to students’ school experiences. Sometimes as a teacher it is difficult to determine the effects of bullying based on classroom behaviors. It is important to remain constantly aware of how students interact and to pick up on specific cues of a student in need.

    The idea to incorporate character education is inspired. Bullying should be discussed explicitly in order to ensure students that educators are aware of the problem and can be used as helpful resources for those who need it.

  48. This was a great article! The title is what first grabbed my attention and made me think of a project I did on Bullying in undergrad. In my studies, I as well found that like School Bullying, Cyber Bullying goes unreported more than it gets reported. It is a shame that any form of bullying goes unreported, and as future teachers we need to do all that we can to change that. I agree that we should create an environment that feels safe and open within our classroom and that all students should feel like they belong. We can design lessons that help students express themselves, and allow them to hear how others feel about certain topics as well. I feel that this idea is beneficial in many ways, and that in many cases, once one student begins to open up, the others will soon follow. If we can create a sense of belonging and connections between the entire class, and hopefully prevent any form of future bullying. Technology is such a big part of today’s society that as teachers, we need to be sure that we address bullying that occurs not only within the classroom, however outside of it as well.

  49. Bullying has become a huge problem in all educational settings. Anti-bullying interventions should be put into place in order to decrease bullying. Because of bullying, horrible situations occur such as the Columbine High School shootings. New age bullying must be addressed. It is a horrible thing that students can be bullyed even in their own homes while on the internet. As teachers, we need address the self-esteem issues individuals experience and provide support to those who need it most.

  50. I agree cyber bullying is a huge problem in today’s schools. As teachers we have to be aware that bullying is now occurring outside the classroom but yet still have an effect in the classroom. There are so many social networking sites and other outlets children have access to today its hard to control them. The question we all must ask ourselves is how we would handle cyber bullying if it was occurring in our own classroom. Is it our responsibility to handle the problem or is it up to the parents since its taking place when students are out of school.

  51. When technology is involved with our students it is hard to stay ahead of the curve in terms of safety. For every great benefit of the internet there is an equally disturbing detriment. Just as there is water needed for us to survive, it can also be used to drown or flood us. The color of the line dividing optimum internet use and dangerous flirtation is a shade of gray not often found in your typical box of crayons. We need to develop a way in which we do not make the internet a dangerous item like cigarettes or alcohol as we know that just interests our students/children (possibility) into rebellion. The best way is to monitor usage and try our best to confide in the technology to block certain sites (not a perfect tool).
    If you demonize social networking sites there is a chance that you make it more appealing. Parents need to be informed of cyber-bullying and work with us and the leaders of these websites to deter such actions. Bullying will happen in some other form, naturally, but to eliminate one major source is a great goal we should strive for. We can’t undo the internet, outside of school bullying, text message bullying, written word bullying, and alike as we are treading dangerously on basic civil rights. We just need to heighten our alerts and bounce ideas off of each other to rectify each situation as it occurs.
    Do we ban spoken words to nullify bullying? Kids are forever growing more sensitive these days. Are we pampering our kids or are we doing what we think is right? How many times in history has what the adult was thinking was right turned out to make things worse, or just eased the mind of the adult? Parenting is basically trial and error. In some ways so is teaching. Each student/ child will react to different stimuli. Just because the neighbors feed their kids soy products and do not let them on facebook does not necessarily mean that you should do the same. This does not mean your kids will benefit the same. The book on teaching as well as parenting is being forever revised. Seventy-percent of parenting and life in general is regret. Too much restriction will provide causation for another revolution.
    Perhaps less antiquated remedies will suffice. Teachers could instruct internet responsibility but it is up to the parents to do the rest as most internet usage occurs within the walls of the household. What happens next? Will we be held responsible for potty training and getting brother and sister to get along? Why don’t we demonize vegetables while we are at it as we all know that demonizing something makes it more appealing.

  52. Cyberbullying has become an extremely large issue. I believe that it is easier for the students to engage in cyberbullying than face-to-face bullying. Like you said, they can hide behind a screen name and do not have to be the biggest or the meanest anymore. But, even if the victim knows the bully and knows they are essentially bigger than their bully, it is not making them feel safer. The bully hiding behind a screen name is feeling so much safer though. It is so much easier to say something mean to someone online than face-to-face.
    This problem of cyberbullying definitely needs to be addressed by teachers in the classroom, but at a certain point it becomes the parent’s responsibility. Teachers can really just do all they can to address the issue BEFORE it becomes an issue, but once it starts online and off of school property there is not much that the teacher can do. On school property the teachers need to do everything they can to promote a respectful atmostphere in their classroom. They need to teach the wrongs and rights and make it a point to help everybody get along, at least in their own classroom.
    This will not end all bullying but at least that class might have a better respect for each other. If the students know and respect each other they won’t have a reason to bully one another.

  53. Will there ever be an end to bullying? As the times change so will the types of bullying. I agree it is a two way street both parents and teachers have to be involved. Parents have to be more aware of what their children are doing. Limit their usage of the internet and monitor text messaging. It is impossible to know what they are doing at every minute of the day but being setting boundaries can help the situation.

    I also think that bulling is about respect. A lot of children are not taught to respect themselves as well as others. It is about attention or lack therefore. Picking on someone who is weakier than and drawing an audience for some is attention. Negative attention is better no attention for some.
    Educators can help in the schools to build an enviroment of trust and respect so that the bullying can come to end.

  54. I recognize that cyber bullying is very dangerous in and of itself, however, I don’t think it’s more harmful than traditional bullying. Though technology has enabled us with a greater audience and a wider community network, I think a student / child recognizes that it’s a lot easier to say mean things over the internet than it is to bully someone face to face.
    I have done student observations on teenage girls and their usage of Facebook to berate one another. Yes, it is astonishing to read what some of these girls say to one another- incredibly harsh, hateful comments. But this behavior, sadly, isn’t uncommon. The solution to this problem is what is aforementioned numerous times: more parental control and monitoring, and knowing what your kids are using the computer for.

  55. I found this article on bullying to be intresting due to the fact that I am doing a project in bullying for another course that i am taking. Bullying is a very serious issue that I believe some teacher/ teacher officals as well as parents ignore! Many children fall victim to this form of harrsement. Bullying can be brought about for a number of different reasons such as race, gender even religious beliefs.I believe that we should have more forms of counseling for children that are experiencing bullying. They should know that bullying is WRONG and that noone should have to deal with it!

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