Cyber bullying is one of the common forms of bullying that take place among the adolescents especially in middle and high schools. It is an ever increasing problem that modern society is facing today. This is due to the widespread adoption and enhancement of technology as well as the increasing use of social media among the adolescents. According to Kowalski (2012) more than 75 percent of adolescents across the United States have been targets by cyber-bullies. Fortunately, there are some strategies that can be employed to ensure that the issue of cyber-bullying among adolescents does not succeed. Punishing the culprits of cyber bullying among the adolescents is one of the aspects that has really not been established in schools. We are not aware if the schools that we reside in have set out rules for punishing those who cyber bully others. In addition, it is uncommon for learning institutions to suspend adolescent bullies (Hinduja, 2009). This is because the schools have not realized the seriousness of the issue of cyber bullying and its psychological impacts on the victims. To ensure the levels of cyber bullying is kept low or erased completely from the society, learning institutions especially middle and high schools where most of the adolescents reside should have the students acting as bullies on the internet to be suspended from their respective schools for the purpose of teaching them a lesson and for others to be aware that cyber bullying is wrong.
In order to disarm cyber-bullies, the society should ensure that they are not given the ammunition against the individuals they affect. This implies that you should never send, write, or publish anything that could be used for by the bullies to cause embarrassment, discredit, or threaten other adolescents. This includes personal photos, videos, written messages, and audio recordings (Kowalski, 2012). Adolescents should learn the simple rule of not sharing or saying anything about other individuals that would not be prepared to show them or to say to them in person. Several adolescents have committed suicide because harmful information about them is spread online by other individuals. This is a practice that needs to be halted (Hinduja, 2009). I think that adolescents especially those in middle and high school ages need to be punished since this will help them in understanding that their actions are unethical and wrong. In addition, if an adolescent makes a comment about another individual, they should be taught to ensure that the comment is positive and does not cause psychological harm to the other individual.
Fighting cyber-bullying among the adolescent can also take place at home. For instance, parents should embrace the concept of developing some simple rules and putting them in place within the place for the purpose of ensuring that their teenagers learn and understand online etiquette (McQuade, 2009). The expectations of the parents in regard to the behavior of the children when using online platform for communication and interaction should be made clear before any form of access is made at homes. In addition, parents can as well identify the most appropriate and private places at home where computers can be places in order for them to keep monitoring their teenagers’ online interactions and socialization from a respectful distance.
In a nutshell, even though advancement in technology has increased cyber bullying cases among the adolescents, it can really be prevented by having learning institutions especially middle and high schools where most of the adolescents reside to have the students acting as bullies on the internet to be suspended from their respective schools for the purpose of teaching them a lesson and for others to be aware that cyber bullying is wrong and for parents to monitor online activities of their teenagers while at home. Adolescents should be taught that genuine care, open communication and good friendships are our best practices.
- Hinduja, S. (2009). Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying. Corwin Press
- Kowalski, R. (2012). Cyberbullying: Bullying in the Digital Age. John Wiley & Sons
- McQuade, S. (2009). Cyber Bullying: Protecting Kids and Adults from Online Bullies. ABC-CLIO