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)        

Comments

Growing up in a very small rural town cyber bullying was never an issue in my school an its interesting to me that this is the reality in many schools around the world. In my town there wasn't that much fighting to begin with either except the occasional guys fighting or girls being catty towards each other. I think that the article is a little old school in believing that boys fight for social ranking and girls do it to get the attention of boys.

I agree with your stance in that more needs to be done in schools in regards of cyber bullying. Growing up in a medium sized school that mostly enrolled upper-middle class kids, cyber bullying was a pretty large problem. In order to deal with this, I believe schools need to teach kids at an earlier age about cyber bullying. If it's engrained in kids minds from a young age to fight against cyber bullying, I think it will have a greater affect than starting it at an older age (such as middle schoolers). There needs to be open mindedness in schools about cyber bullying and action against it. If kids feel like they can contact a teacher or counselor about being bullied over social media or text, I believe the rate at which it occurs will decrease.

I agree with your stance in that more needs to be done in schools in regards of cyber bullying. Growing up in a medium sized school that mostly enrolled upper-middle class kids, cyber bullying was a pretty large problem. In order to deal with this, I believe schools need to teach kids at an earlier age about cyber bullying. If it's engrained in kids minds from a young age to fight against cyber bullying, I think it will have a greater affect than starting it at an older age (such as middle schoolers). There needs to be open mindedness in schools about cyber bullying and action against it. If kids feel like they can contact a teacher or counselor about being bullied over social media or text, I believe the rate at which it occurs will decrease.

Because I am also from a rural small town I was not aware of the seriousness of cyberbullying. Bullying in general is a serious problem that I have written about on this website before, but cyberbullying is a whole other aspect that should be taught and prevented. I sounds like an interesting article to read however, I do not agree with the fact that girls bully to get the attention of other boys and that boys bully to receive a certain social ranking. Although this is true in some cases I believe that bullying generally occurs to boost the self-esteem of themselves. I think it is ridiculous that people justify bullying by saying it is their right of free speech. It should not be considered okay because bullying directly degrades and offends someone. The summary and post did a good job at identifying the many different perspectives and views to give an over view of cyberbullying.

I agree with your argument that bullying generally occurs to boost self-esteem and to give the bully a sense of pride. I believe that cyber bullying is a serious issue among teens especially with the increase in use of social media. As social media becomes more popular, teens may use it as an outlet for bullying and demeaning others. Anti-cyber bullying should be taught and prevented at schools, community centers, and amongst families. If students understood the negative effects that cyber bullying could have on the victim, then maybe they would rethink their actions.

I thought your article was really good because it brings different and new points of views on cyberbullying. Also, it makes a separation from boys and girls which is clearly good to make since we do not work and act the same. Also, I completely agree with you when you say that some justify their actions with the right for free speech! How can you justify degrading, insulting and humiliating someone as your right for free speech? You made an excellent point when you said that we should teach kids not to bully instead of how to deal with this problem, such a good solution and way to try to stop cyberbullying. You point out that people have a hard time agreeing on what to do to stop cyberbullying, and you are absolutely right! I have read a couple articles on cyberbullying and there could not be more difference in the answer possible to stop this problem. I am from Montreal and here many specialists are trying to find the best solution to stop this problem. In the article “A new approach to unmaking school bullies” from The Gazette, Eva De Gosztonyi, a Canadian psychologist looks at many different approaches and talks about the complicate tasks of finding a solution that everyone agrees on. Here is the link: http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/approach+unmaking+school+bullies/948...