Many views of cyberbullying
by jennaslowik on February 17, 2014 - 11:37pm
Many Views of Cyberbullying
The article, “Cyber World Bullying” by Connie Gooddard presented a topic that has lately been a rising problem. This author of this article looks at and reports on different studies that others have done about cyber bullying. Cyber bullying is essentially bullying through the form of different forms of technology such as Facebook, Twitter, and texting. This article starts off by talking about the differences between how boys and girls bully. According to anthropologists, boys bully because they want to form a type of social ranking. On the other hand, girls do it too get the attention of boys. Bullying is most apparent in middle due to the fact that that’s when kids are doing the most changing with themselves and in their friend groups. Also, boys bulling is more violent while girls aren’t like that at all. A huge transition is done when kids go from elementary school to middle school. Because of this, the social rankings have to be reestablished. Some believe that in regards to bullying, genes play a big role but also the environment does too. One viewpoint that I found to be obvious but I never thought of is that schools should focus more on the wellbeing of the students instead of stressing about grades so much. In school districts, people with authority say that they do stuff to minimize bullying but the environment of the school says otherwise. Although, in their defense, because of the big use of technology, it must be difficult to control what everyone does. Better strategies need to be established to stop and reduce bullying. For example, teaching kids not to bully instead of teaching them how to deal with it. Because of so many new technological advancements, cyberbullying takes being embarrassed to a new scary level. And what’s worse is that some can back it up by saying what they said was exercising their right to free speech. Something I don’t agree with is that an educational psychologist said that administrators should get their own Myspace to know what these students are doing but if they were to do that, it wouldn’t help or change anything. For the most part everyone has the same general idea that cyberbullying is bad but not everyone has the same opinion about how to deal with it.
In the matter of point of view, I am looking at many different points of view. Like I said, this author looked at the studies of other psychologists and researchers. Everyone has very strong opinions and is different from one another. I believe that this is because cyberbullying is such a broad topic, this article obviously doesn’t even cover every single point of view there is about cyberbullying because that would just be impossible. The main idea or main concept of this article would be how different people feel about cyberbullying and how so much has been done to look into it. Also, I think that one of the main ideas of the article is to show how different boys and girls are when it comes to something as serious as this. While they are both very different, one can conclude that the basis of it all is pretty much the same thing.
(Connie Gooddard, 2008, Volume 73, Cyber World Bullying)