Cyber Bullying and Internet Safety

One of the most prevalent issues on the web right now has to do with cyber bullying. According to this article, ” ‘Cyber bullying’ is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones.”

The article can be found here.

Cyber bullying most often occurs when the parents are not watching their child’s internet security, as well as neglecting to restrict the websites that they are allowed to go to. If a website is not blatantly explicit, parents may not be willing to ban their child’s access to it, because they might not see a point. This relates to security because cyber bullying has the potential to lead to someone getting into the house network (as more teens are learning how to become hackers, and it would be no large feat to bully someone into giving the key to their internet). In addition to this, monitoring their children’s internet activity will ensure their own personal safety.

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7 thoughts on “Cyber Bullying and Internet Safety

  1. Cyber bullying is a very important topic to talk to young children about because most young kids are beginning to get online at a younger age so it is important that cyber bullying is just the same as doing it in person, and I have seen what this has done to people and believe that no person should ever be cyber bullied.

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  3. Victims of cyber bullying have gone so far as to commit suicide. It’s a very dangerous thing. Though, I wonder if cyber bullying has declined in recent years. You don’t hear about it as much.

  4. I think it has. I know it still goes on however there have been many big movements to eradicate cyber bullying.

  5. On top of all of that, I wonder if applications or software could be made to filter out profanity on social networking sites, or detect cyber bullying. This software might have to be very complex, but if it worked, that would be very helpful.

    • I believe it would be impossible to filter out cyber bullying because and profanity because the would a huge privacy issue. What developers should work on would be making it easier to report cyber bullying and take action before problems escalate.

      • Even if profanity was filtered you really cant stop a bully you can still be very abusive without posting profanities. I think new laws that are being put in place against bullies are key steps in the right direction.

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