Editorial: Cyberbullying: Enough is Enough

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Editorial: Cyberbullying: Enough is Enough

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I’m sure we can all agree that cyber bullying is a serious problem, and the issue has been addressed, especially in public schools.  We’ve sat through assembly after assembly and lecture after lecture about bullying prevention. They are given for a very important purpose, but let’s face it, it’s not working. It is such a huge issue, and it is such a disgusting thing to do to a person.  Cyber bullying needs to be stopped. Seriously, enough is enough.

Cyberbullying affects people of all ages (especially teenagers) all over the country. Cyberbullying is the use of electronic communication to bully a person by sending messages/content of a threatening or harassing nature.  It can result in long term effects such as self-harm, depression, and anxiety.  The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recorded that a very small number of cyber bullied kids have retaliated or might retaliate in a very violent manner.  We cannot have this happen in our already fearful society let alone happen in our public schools.  Cyberbullying has been a serious issue for a while.

According to the Megan Meier Foundation, suicide is the 2nd most common cause of death for people 15-24 years old, due to bullying and cyberbullying.  When looking at other statistics, 16% of cyber bullied students in the U.S consider suicide, 13% create a plan on how to commit suicide, and 8% have attempted it.

Even though the Government probably knows about this expanding issue, they continue to not put any real restrictions on technology, internet, or media.  As a result, people will probably become angered, so they can’t be too strict, but strict enough.  Even though this issue is truly inevitable, many people don’t put any effort into stopping or at least, preventing it.  Prevention is key after all.

People need to take action and talk to an adult when they see it happening instead of just ignoring it.  Although most cyber bullying is happening and we don’t see it , there is no excuse, because we know it’s always there.  The U.S needs to make bullying and cyberbullying 100% illegal, because this needs to end.  

More restrictions need to be put on social media sites and the people that see it happening need to take action.

Cyber bullying is a despicable and  horrific action that needs to end. We, as teenagers, need to put more effort into stopping it and tell an adult when we see it happening. The government needs to put an ample amount of restrictions on social media, and pay more attention to the effect cyber bullying has on people all throughout the country.  Cyber bullying needs to be ended once and for all. Seriously, enough is enough!

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