Cyberbullying

Rebekah and Deborah :)

The problem

Cyberbullying is defined as victimising an individual using mobile phones, Facebook, twitter or other forms of social media.

Cyberbullying allows the bully to remain under the cloak of anonymity and not worry about accountability for their actions. The bully has a boldness that is unrealistic in terms of the real world, and gives them a false entitlement and masks their own insecurities, making them appear fearless and powerful. "They say things they would never say in the presence of flesh-and-blood human beings"

Another aspect of cyberbullying is the way that aggressors cannot see the emotional impact of their bullying directly. Also different to the 'real world' is the way in which their words and actions can be recorded and stored so that once their words are published they become permanent.


Over technology, tone cannot be accurately interpreted and is often taken in the wrong way, leading to interpersonal conflict.

Solution

How do we solve this?

The solution can exist through enforcing true identity use that is verified and registered, in hopes that people will be more inclined to behave decently or at least similarly to that of 'real life'. This allows people to know who their facing, and making people accountable for the way they portray themselves, even when behind a screen.

The problem does not lie in social networking itself, as they begin as a neutral space. It is only once argumentative and opinionated people dominate the discussion, and people begin to forget that that behaviour does not always make them right.

The answer to ending cyberbulling is to end the component of anonymity.