Hold websites accountable for their Bullying Content
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Hold websites accountable for their Bullying Content

    1. Michael Curtis
    2. Petition by

      Michael Curtis

      New York, NY

Cyber bullying affects many adolescents and teens on a daily basis. Bullying statistics show that cyber bullying is a serious problem among teens. It can lead to anxiety, depression, and suicide. The Cyber bullying Research Center conducted a series of surveys that found these cyber bullying statistics:

-Over 80 percent of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most popular form of technology and a common medium for cyber bullying

-About half of young people have experienced some form of cyber bullying, and 10 to 20 percent experience it regularly

-Mean, hurtful comments and spreading rumors are the most common type of cyber bullying

-Girls are at least as likely as boys to be cyber bullies or their victims

-Boys are more likely to be threatened by cyber bullies than girls

-Cyber bullying affects all races

-Cyber bullying victims are more likely to have low self esteem and to consider suicide 

 

Cyber bullying includes three types of online misbehaviors to include: 

-Cyber stalking is the use of the Internet, email or other electronic communications to stalk, and generally refers to a pattern of threatening or malicious behaviors. Cyber stalking may be considered the most dangerous of the three types of Internet harassment, based on a posing credit threat of harm. 

-Cyber harassment differs from cyber stalking in that it is generally defined as not involving a credible threat. Cyber harassment usually pertains to threatening or harassing email messages, instant messages, or to blog entries or websites dedicated solely to tormenting an individual. 

-Cyber bullying and cyber harassment are sometimes used interchangeably, but for the purposes of this document, cyber bullying is used for electronic harassment or bullying among minors within a school context. Recent cyber bullying legislation reflects a trend of making school districts the policy enforcers of such misconduct. As a result, statutes establish the infrastructure for schools to handle this issue by amending existing school anti-bullying policies to include cyber bullying or electronic harassment among school age children. 

Many States have sanctions for cyber bullying which range from school/parent interventions to misdemeanors and felonies with detention, suspension, and expulsion in between. Some of these laws promote Internet safety education or curricula that include cyber bullying. 

This is not enough, we need to hold the websites accountable for their hateful messages and online bullying. More regulation on websites like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and other popular blogs will save lives. It is time to take a stand against the root of the cause! Remove the hate messages, and lives will be saved.

 

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    • Bianca Shaw MARION, AR
      • almost 3 years ago

      Congress are supposed to protect us and the internet laws are way behind what they should be.

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    • Angel Garden AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • almost 3 years ago

      It's too easy for bullyers to hide behind the internet. Accoutability now.

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    • Brittany Nelson HAMPTON, VA
      • almost 3 years ago

      No one person should have to go through such torture and humiliation because of the incompetence and Insecurities of another person. I am fully against cyber bullying and want to reach out to those who are and have been affected.

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    • Lindsay Berberich CLIFTON, NJ
      • almost 3 years ago

      Bullying in general is a problem with children, teens, and even adults. Being a communication student I understand it is difficult for some social media sites to remove harmful context immediately, but something does need to change. The ABC Family Movie "Cyber Bullying" has got me to realize just how much the internet can affect some people. I'm signing this position to show my support for everyone whose ever been bullied, and cyber bullied, because I used to be one of you.

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    • Jesicho James VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      It seems that the language of hate and/or bullying whether it is through the medium of speech or literature if it goes outside the bounds of privacy, is intended to promote hatred. In the end, nothing good can come of this since its very nature seems to be based on racism or prejudice. The promotion of hate and/or bullying is equivalent to intolerance, those who advocate it cannot possibly hope that it would bring any reason to their lives much less their community.

      With the aid of technology (i.e. internet), it seems established freedoms like freedom of expression is being used as a tool to manipulate, if not transform, the political and social environment by condoning the hatemonger's right to express what he or she feels. In light of these changing times, society, must determine whether or not it can afford to have such a freedom which is not limited by any guidelines - especially in the context of the internet.

      THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IS NOT TIMELESS.

      Any petition that supports stopping cyber bullying and/or the promotion of hate has my full support.

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