The traumatizing effects of cyber bullying on the emotional wellbeing of teenagers are becoming increasingly clear in our society. It leaves its victims wounded in ways that are impossible to see and difficult to heal.
Has the use of Twitter provided an interactive stage to users who not only expect replies from their favorite celebrities, but who expect that any issue, criminal or personal, can be addressed, vented about or solved on Twitter?
Property owners created blogs, and listed the names, addresses, and phone numbers of community leaders who support homeless people's rights. If you are going to live on the streets, they say, go live near the people who advocate for you.
Concern over bullying is a growing trend that worries parents and educators alike, perhaps because today bullying happens not only at school but also anywhere that youth communicate online, even at home. But what do we do about it, and whose responsibility is it to protect children and teens?
Putting the bullying problem into its proper perspective doesn't minimize it, but actually helps prevent it from getting worse. There is a lot of solid research that shows that if people overestimate anti-social or harmful behavior, they are more likely to engage in it themselves.
We've hidden behind the idea that "bullies will be bullies" or "they're just kids" for too long. Just because abuse takes place online does not mean that it's any less real, less harmful, or less fatal.
A girl's social networking profile is a persona she constructs, a salve for the anxiety so many girls feel about relationships. All this, however, at a cost: the same tools girls use to alleviate insecurity are just as likely to inflame it.