Sure enough, cyber bullying stands out as a complex social phenomenon that transcends national borders. It is not an exaggeration to say that cyber bullying as a new form of violence has turned into a widespread problem in our schools. As many experts report, the reluctance to reinterpret the attitude towards risks posed by a growing tendency to use electronic devices may contribute negatively to the country’s future. In today’s turbulent times, both the public and the authorities must rally around this burning issue putting an emphasis on anti-bullying programs “tailored to change the school climate” (Notar et al., 143). This in turn might give way to mitigating cyber bullying situations.
Of course, America’s perspective on cyber bullying has moved from the predisposition to be unwilling to qualify this phenomenon as a deadly threat for children to a heightened awareness that it does occur as perhaps the most common online risk. As previously mentioned, it is about transmitting hurtful electronic messages that cyber bullying rests upon. One cannot but encounter the fact that digital technologies have made a huge impact on the way the present-world is arranged. In other words, “pivotal innovations, such as the Internet, have forever changed how people interact” (Donegan 34). Despite numerous benefits that the masses get in the light of the internet age, however, it becomes apparent that with these benefits come great dangers. Significantly, “the advent of cyber technologies has provided new arenas in which children and youth can bully each other” (Kowalski et al., 18). Of all the risks that may arise from the prevalence of online relationships, a repeated behavior with intent to hurt the others should be referred to as the greatest one. In regard to cyber bullying, it has been commonly recognized as the worst type of bullying due to the fact that potential victims can be tormented on 24/7 basis. In addition, the 21st century form of social cruelty provides bullies with an option to remain anonymous, which in turn makes the chances of catching and/or punishing offenders equal to zero. Although some continue to disregard the urgency of cyber bullying that stems from the growing dependence on electronic devices, the problem does require careful analysis.
Yes, there are no hard-and-fast measures that will help fully eradicate aggressive behavior often seen online. According to the recent studies on the Internet use, every other American dedicate approximately 10 hours per day staring at a screen. It follows from this that the Internet use has become an integral part of America’s reality. Against this background, it is high time for the U.S. government to launch campaign aimed at preventing cyber violence. As per some scholars’ hypothesis, cyber bullying may arise as a result of “negative school experiences, such as lower academic performance and negative perceptions of school climate” (Schneider 172). There are many instruments that have been found to be efficient for dealing with cyber bullying situations even though the field “lacks an overall theoretical approach” (Slonje 31). When explaining to a child or a young person what cyber bullying entails, it requires that central attention be paid to teaching them to be more confident. This in turn could make cyber bullies less likely to bother them. Additionally, a sharp focus on increasing one’s online safety savvy would surely make sense. In particular, it is important to be aware that sharing any personal information with strangers online appears to be highly undesirable. The last but not least, to protect young people from cyber bullying, parents should be allowed to enter their accounts and monitor digital activities, respectively.
In sum, one cannot help but become aware that cyber bullying among teenagers posits as a global problem, and, therefore, should not be underestimated from the perspective of the way it undermines a sense of wellbeing. All in all, the United States stands at the critical moment in the history, a time when the nation must prove its ability to deal with technological challenges.