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Online Bullying Makes the Internet More Dangerous For Teens

Online communication plays a major role in the life of any American teen. The popularity of social media and networking sites has encouraged young ones to correspond online in order to serve purposes such as making friends, doing research, or simply for entertainment.

But then again, the web is not entirely a positive medium for teens. Cyber or online bullying is very prevalent these days that nearly every teen who uses the internet becomes a potential victim. Information from the National Crime Prevention Council tells us that more than 90 percent of teenagers use the net for varying reasons and more than 40 percent of that number is subjected to online bullying.

Online communication plays a major role in the life of any American teen. The popularity of social media and networking sites has encouraged young ones to correspond online in order to serve purposes such as making friends, doing research, or simply for entertainment.

But then again, the web is not entirely a positive medium for teens. Cyber or online bullying is very prevalent these days that nearly every teen who uses the internet becomes a potential victim. Information from the National Crime Prevention Council tells us that more than 90 percent of teenagers use the net for varying reasons and more than 40 percent of that number is subjected to online bullying.

And since bullying is very common in American schools, parents for sure know the effects of it to their child. But unlike face to face bullying that usually happens in school; the online type is very distinct and can sometimes be more dangerous. If you are a concerned parent, make sure familiarize these usual forms:

1. Threatening or intimidating someone through email and private messages online
2. Building websites to poke fun of another person
3. Sending personal and mostly embarrassing profile or information of someone to other people
4. Denying friend requests and telling other about it
5. Using rating software and programs from many websites to rate a person as ugly, fat, or something that inflicts embarrassment.

The hardest part of online bullying is that teens are primarily targeted and they can become very emotional about it and will eventually result to lowered self-esteem, anxiety, and loss of confidence. There are even instances where the embarrassment and shame lead to teen violence and suicide.

We can therefore conclude that internet use for teens should be monitored closely in order to prevent other people from bullying our children. There’s actually no need to strip them of their right to use the web but there’s also a thin line that separates tolerance and caution.

09.20.2017 | Guest

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