I have learned a lot about what cyber-bullying is, how devastating it can be and how it can be prevented. I have learned that cyber-bullies are usually too scared to say something in person. They can kind of hide behind the keyboard. Cyber-bullying is so unfortunate that it exists because some of the people that have been bullied have taken their own life. Cyber-bullying can definitely be prevented. Another bad thing about cyber-bullying is all the bystanders, all the people that don’t do anything about it and just watch. If the bystanders would actually stand up for what is right, there would be a lot less cyber-bullying. From what I have learned in class I will never cyber-bully anyone and I will never be a bystander. I have witnessed cyber-bullying on twitter and sometimes it is really hard to just but in if you’re not even part of the conversation. Most of the situations were resolved quickly so it wasn’t too big of a deal. It is very important to de-escalate the problem to stop anything from getting too bad.
Have you ever encountered online cruelty?
I have not seen a lot of cyber-bullying since I don’t have a facebook, where I think most of it happens. I have heard about some of the bullying that goes on on facebook. There is a lot of “anonymous bullying” on Twitter. On Twitter people usually don’t say it to a specific person but just throw it out there.
How do you think someone might feel after being the target of it?
Someone who has been cyber-bullied might feel sad or like everyone is looking at them. The might feel exposed because everyone is talking about them.
Complete the K (what do you KNOW) and the W (what do you WANT to know) below based on your knowledge of cyber-bullying.
K: I know that cyber-bullying is a huge problem across the world. I know that many kids are being harassed through text messages, instant messaging, facebook and other electronic sources. I also know that it has gotten so bad that kids in the United State have committed suicide.
W: I would like to know what these messages consist of and what kids are saying to harass their classmates so severely. I would also like to know how we can help to stop it.
L: I have learned how bad cyber-bullying can really get. A few victims have even taken their own life. I have also learned how to prevent cyber-bullying. The worst thing you can do if you’re witnessing it is the be a bystander. If I ever witness it in the future one thing I won’t do is just stand by.
To the best of your ability please define the following vocab words within the context of the topic of cyber-bullying.
Target: The one person a bully focuses in on.
Offender: The one who commits the crime. (the bully)
Bystander: Anyone who stands by, watches, and does nothing to help the situation.
Upstander: Someone who stands up to the bully.
Escalate: When the situation continually gets worse.
De-escalate: When the situation get better.
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