Sample Research Paper on How to Stop Cyber Bullying

How to Prevent Cyber Bullying

Abstract

With the evolution of technology, bullying has also evolved from the traditional one on one
bullying to now cyber bullying. Cyber bulling is the use of information technology to harass
other people in a deliberate manner (Patchin , 2006). With the advent of the Internet, social
media chat rooms such as face book and twitter, online forums provide a communal breeding
ground for youth to assault one another (Subrahmanyam & Greenfield, 2008). Chat rooms have
been supplemented by AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), an online communication program that
allows teenagers to spend many hours communicating to one another in private, one-on-one
conversations or in public chat rooms via the internet. Most of the youths today unlike some
years ago own mobile phones. Though many parents believe that they are purchasing a cell
phone for their child for protective reasons, the opposite may also be true as many youths admit
to utilizing their phones as an instrument for cyber bullying (Lenhart, 2010).
With this increase in the use of technology among youths this century, cyber bullying has
become a common occurrence on social media that mostly affects teenagers. Cyber bullying has
various effects to teenager in that it tends to; intimidate, control, manipulate, put down, falsely
discredit, or humiliate the recipient. This paper thus focuses on ways that can be applied to
prevent the occurrence and in the long run help in the stopping of cyber bulling in our modern
society.

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How to Stop Cyber Bullying

Research shows that most of those affected by cyber bullying are teenagers, we therefore
have an obligation as a society in the fight to help curb out this occurrence, parents also need to
take a front row and take the responsibility to help stop this act.
A research carried out in Nevada, identified components of a successful preventative
program of cyber bullying. Of those participants that were selected and questioned intensively
about cyber bullying and preventative strategies within their schools as well as about their
thoughts on the issue in general, identified essential elements to a preventative cyber bullying
program: “the importance of a reporting procedure; curriculum integration; student-centered
productions through mediums such as Broadcast Journalism; a focus on prevention rather than
solely on punishment; the importance of punishment as a part of an effective policy; and keeping
up with changes in technology” (Wiseman, 2011).
Away from the outlined elements of preventing cyber bullying I have come up in my
research with various means that can be used in addition to the above elements that if properly
integrated will help to curb out cyber bullying;

Providing education of cyber bullying

Bullying has always been a problem among adolescents and has been known to have
adverse effects on them. Educating our youths on cyber bulling can be so vital in the fight to stop
the act. To prevent cyber bullying from occurring, youths need to understand exactly what the
bullying entails. These they can do by conducting research on what constitutes cyber bullying as
well as how and where it is most likely to occur. It can also be beneficial if youths talk to their
friends or adults about what they are seeing and experiencing when online. Reporting of cases of

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cyber bullying should also be taught to the youths so that action is taken to the bullies thus send a
message to others.

Limiting youths access to internet

Many youths today prefer to spend a whole day indoors than go, this is thanks to
technology which makes it simple for them to communicate with friends without necessarily
going out. As much as this may sound good it exposes then to a higher probability of being cyber
bullied. Parents are thus advised that by minimizing on the time their children spend on the
internet can help to avoid the occurrence of this cyber crime .Discussing internet safety with your
children and teach them family values about treating others with respect and kindness.

Setting privacy controls

Privacy controls may include, creating strong passwords and protecting them. Also
logging out from your accounts helps prevent unauthorized people from accessing your account.
Parents too can also take advantage of privacy settings to restrict who can contact or read your
children’s profile. Also paying attention to the websites they subscribe too can help prevent
cyber bullying.
Re-think before posting online and be careful not to open unsolicited messages
Most youth don’t stop to think of the actions of what they post online could be thus its
advised that before going ahead to post online you stop to calculate the impact. Youths should
avoid sharing personal information online this is in the line of their names, address.

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References

Burgess,A., Patchin,J.W., &Hinduja, S. (2009).Cyber bullying and online harassment

Hinduja, S., & Patchin, J. W. (2009a). Cyber bullying: a brief review of relevant legal and policy
issues. Cyber bullying Research Center

Subrahmanyam, K., & Greenfield, P. (2008). Online communication and adolescent
relationships. The Future of Children, 18(1)

Wiseman, B. (2011). Cyber bullying in schools: A research study on school