Student VoicesBack to student voices archive September 20, 2013
What Can We Do About Cyberbullying?
While digital technology continues to serve as an important way to connect people and communities, sometimes those connections turn out to be more harmful than helpful.
The rise of the Internet has also facilitated cyberbullying and cyber-harrassment, which can affect teens and adults alike. Josh, a 13-year-old student from Plainfield, Ill., wrote to NewsHour Extra about his family’s experience with cyber-harrassment, and what he thinks can be done about the problem.
According to PBS Parents, one in three kids are cyber-bullied sometime in their adolescence. Bullying in person may seem bad enough, but when it’s over the internet, everybody can see it. Bullies over the internet are “cowards” hiding behind a computer screen or a cell phone. Whether it is getting the police more involved, making consequences worse for cyberbullying and harassment, or educating kids on the problem, something has to change. People need to work together to stop cyberbullying.
I’ve had a personal experience with cyberbullying. Over the period of three months, my family was hacked and threatened. We had to change passwords, emails, phone numbers, and we came close to wiping out one of our computers. When the police were called they didn’t do anything about it. They said there was “nothing” they could do. We had to deal with this over a long period of time, and at one point, the FBI got involved. Even then it took about a month to stop it. It really took a toll on my family, and I’m sure it does to other families too.
So for society to solve this issue we need to get the police involved. It needs to be so that once the police get the “call,” they take action. They shouldn’t be allowed to leave the family to fend for themselves.
Another thing that would decrease cyberbullying is to make the consequences worse. There aren’t specific consequences for many cyberbullying tactics, which is why it has become so prevalent in our culture. Big fines would be one way to increase the consequences.
Unfortunately, a majority of the kids are cyber-bullied, don’t tell anyone. That needs to change. Kids need to tell their parents or some sort of authority. If the kids don’t tell, but the parent has a feeling that something is happening, they need to have a talk with the kid, or look in their computer or phone.
With cyberbullying as a growing problem, we need to take steps to tackle it. By upping fines and getting police involved, we can stop this. Cyberbullying is a horrible thing in our world today, and it is time it’s stopped. One in three kids should not have to experience it.
Josh is 13-years-old and from Plainfield, Illinois. He enjoys acting and drawing.
Tooltip of related stories
Tooltip of more video block
Submit Your Student Voice
Tooltip of related content
Tooltip of RSS content 3
10 things to know about the 2016 Democratic and Republican National Conventions
The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will not be the only exciting event to watch this summer — the Democratic and Republican National Conventions will also be televised.Democratic National ConventionElection 2016presidential nominationrepublican national convention
Children of Vietnamese refugees return home
After the Vietnam War ended, nearly 1.5 million Vietnamese migrated to the United States in search of better lives. Today, some of the younger generation that grew up there are returning to a more prosperous Vietnam.EconomicsVietnamVietnam War
Food and drink labels will more accurately report sugar
The Food and Drug Administration hopes to cut down on high rates of obesity and diabetes across the country by redesigning the labels that appear on food and drinks. Continue readingdiabetesFDAFood and Drug AdministrationHealthnutritionnutritional labelsobesityScienceweight
Mount St. Helens ecosystem rebuilds 36 years after volcanic eruption
Thirty-six years ago on Wednesday, Mount St. Helens in southern Washington state erupted, laying waste to more than 200 square miles of surrounding forest.ecologyMount St. HelensSciencevolcanic eruption
Muslim American students face high rates of bullying
Some 50 percent of all Muslim students in the U.S. have been bullied by their peers, surveys by the civil rights group Center on American-Islamic group suggest. Continue readingBullyingcyber-bullyingdiscriminationIslamMuslim studentsrefugeesReligionSchoolSocial Studies