Sunday night I decided to watch the movie “Disconnect” that Professor Scheckel recommened. I didn’t know what to expect, I just knew that it was about social media usage.
Half way through the movie I told my friend that I’m so happy we didn’t grew up with social media. Cyberbullying became a big problem when Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, Twitter etc. were born. While I grew up with playing in the backyard and running around outside, kids now grows up with Iphones, Ipads, Computers and social media. My 4 year old nephew got an Ipad for his birthday, which I think is just crazy. He can unlock it, choose different games and go on YouTube, all by himself. For me it’s not normal, but for everyone growing up in 2015 it is.
So it’s no wonder there are cyberbullies in 2015. Kids learn to use Ipads, phones and social media at a very young age. I know it’s not the reason for cyberbullying, but I think it is the reason why cyberbullying is a growing problem world wide. Instead of bullying face to face, kids can now hide behind their computers and say whatever they want. And when they post something it can reach millions of people in just a few minutes.
So what exactly is Cyberbullying? According to StopBullying.org, Cyberbullying is Bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
In 2013 a survey discovered that 15 % of high school students (grades 9-12) were electronically bullied the past year.
Since Cyberbullying is a growing problem, I think it is weird that it hasn’t been done more to prevent it. Schools are still allowing children to use computers and cell phones, parents are still giving their children Ipads and the Government have still not done anything to stop this growing disease.
I know that it is hard to find out cyberbullying trends, since kids’ technology use changes rapidly. But I don’t think we are doing enough to prevent it.
What do you think? Are we doing enough?
Till next time!