Read the debate on pages 22-23 about whether schools should punish students who cyberbully
outside of school, then follow the directions below to analyze each author's claims and decide who makes a stronger case.
We found in the present study that parents' age was a determining factor in adolescents' tendency to cyberbully
, directed by Charles Binam, Common Sense Media, 2011.
"What makes a bully a cyberbully
? Unraveling the characteristics of cyberbullies across twenty-five European countries." Journal of Children and Media 7 (1): 9-27.
Seventy percent (n = 42) of cyberbullying victims named "students inside the school" as perpetrators of the aggression, indicating they had some idea of the identity of the cyberbully
. In a study by Mishna and colleagues (2010), a vast majority (89%) of the sample reported knowing the identity of the cyberbully
, often indicating a fellow student or an acquaintance from another school.
Why wouldn't they think that a technological forum might be an appropriate place to cyberbully
? It is, after all, more anonymous and insidious than "regular" bullying.
Their research found that cyberbully
victims were 2.5 times more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, had a higher instance of depression and were more than 3 times more likely to attempt suicide.
(27) The cyberbully
is able to use these forums to harass his or her victims.
Anyone can be a cyberbully
, and such persons usually do not worry about having face-to-face confrontation with their victims.
I promise to be aware of what I say and do on line, how my actions impact others, and will not become a cyberbully
. I promise to use good 'digital hygiene' by using strong passwords and not sharing them.