Cyber bullying: dont worry

Brian Rickert

Cyber bullying shouldn't be seen as a looming, disasterous threat

Most cyberbullying can be boiled down to the type of youthful, good natured, lightly poking teasing that adolescents of our society have engaged in since the first teenager stumbled into puberty. With this in mind, shouldn't kids approach cyberbullying with the same thick skinned sense of self awareness traditionally used while engaging in teasing/jabbing? In a lot of ways it could be argued that yes that would work, and it could be further said that parents should encourage kids to toughen their hides in the same way that they might teach kids to not fall apart over a little scrape on the knee. After all-if little Billy can learn to take cyber bullying in stride-, than he'll have a better time handling it in the future, thus getting rid of the problem all together. Not only that, This idea has actually been noted by official sources: Law Professor John G Culhane has stated that "At times of course those efforts often result in harmless teasing, against which a thick skin is the best defense"(Culhane, John). What this means is that the concerns over cyberbullying by both parents and kids-while well intended-, is at its core is a reaction who's creators are probably jumping the gun just the slightest bit, as kids/young people seem to just need to learn to take cyber bullying in stride and just get a tougher hide.

We should educate our children about the internet

If parents educate kids about the various gears and tools of internet culture-specificley how banter and social interaction on the internet works-, I am very confident that cyberbullying would be a much less punishing issue in their lives. For example: Its not uncommon for misspellings and poor grammar in a negative comment to be a sign that the sender of that message is just messing around. If parents teach kids this they are more likely to not take it so personally or seriously, which would lead to them not allowing said messages to have a negative effect on them. I also believe that we should put more emphasis on the importance of not putting anything potentially embarrassing/incriminating on the internet. Not that we don't stress this already, but I think if we talked more about it would lead to kids being more careful about how they socialize and how they post on the internet. This in turn would lead to cyberbullying happening less, as it often occurs due to humiliating and unflattering personal information being posted on the internet. So as a whole I think it would be for the best that we teach kids about internet, internet culture, socializing on the internet, and what things are appropriate to post on the internet- It very possible that they should be well equipped to handle cyber bullying.

The possibility if we don't take these measures

If we continue taking cyber bullying so seriously we may have a similar situation to the one in Nova Scotia; they had a law three years ago that could classify cyber bullying as not only a crime, but a sueble one at that. This law was struck down by the Canadian government a year ago, which was a smart move, as it was an overly extreme law that would probably end up making more problems rather than fixing them.

More info on Jessi Slaughter

Below is the article describing the previously mentioned Jessi Slaughter's very intense-and again somewhat unnecessary-, breakdown in thecae of cyber bullying.

Works cited

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Public Health Approach to Bullying of LGBT Youth." Public Health

Approach to Bullying of LGBT Youth January 11, 2011). Rutgers Law Record 38 (2011): 2010-2011.

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"Depression High Among Young Victims of School cyber bullying, NIH Researchers Report." NIH, Sept/21/2016 09/13/2011. Web, April/26/2016

Patton, Melaine. "Cyber bullying law allows Victims in Nova Scotia to sue, seek protection order." Huffington Post, 08/07/2013 10/07/2013. web. 4/26/2016

Ruskin, Brett. “Court strikes down anti-cyberbullying law after Retaeh Parson’s Death.”

CBC, Dec/11/2015. Web. 4/27/2016

Lisbeth Gravdal Kvarme, PhD, RN; Karen A. Monsen, PhD, RN, FAAN; Winifred Oluchukwu Eboh, PhD, BSc (Hons), RGN, RM "Evidence-Based Solution-Focused Care for School-Age Children Experiencing Cyberbullying: Using the Omaha System to Guide and Document Psychiatric Nursing Interventions." Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. 52.3 (Nov 7 2013): 34-41. CNE. Web. April/ 26/ 2016

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