“The amount of hatred squeezed into 140 characters or less by lunatics usually cloaked in anonymity is enough to make you question your support for the First Amendment and your faith in the decency of other people” (Capehart). To be completely honest, I don’t understand why people feel the need to harass others like this. It makes me think of the thing that my mom always told me as a kid and still tells me now, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Even though I didn’t think much of this when I was growing up, this is a very important thing for people to remember. Social media gives people so much power to spread news and become aware of things going on around them and even though this power can become a negative thing, it could potentially be the thing that helps stop cyberbullying once and for all. By becoming aware and speaking out against it, these are the first steps.
Cyberbullying has become one of the most common forms of bullying throughout the past few years. Social media and other forms of technology make it so easy for someone to say hurtful things about another person while remaining anonymous and not fearing the consequences. While it may happen most often with teenagers, it can happen with people of all ages. Although there are several laws and school policies enforced to put an end to cyberbullying, it still happens way to often. Teens should take precautions when using social media such as using privacy settings, thinking before they post, and staying educated on the situation. While this may limit their chances of being cyberbullied, it does not prevent it completely. The only way to prevent cyberbullying is to speak out against it and educate teenagers on why they should stop. If teens take precautions to avoid being cyberbullied and if we begin to work together to end it, both of these things should be a good start.
The following video was something that I felt was a good overall description of what cyberbullying is, how and when it happens, and what can be done to avoid it.