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Hold websites accountable for their Bullying Content

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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