Essay: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying
In her, book Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying, Hinduja give compressive data on research on cyberbullying. She reveals that incidences of cyberbullying have been on the increase over the last few years. The random survey revealed that 10% of the 2000 sample from southern states in US had been bullied in the past one month while 17% of the sample had fallen victims of cyberbullying at a single moment of their life. The book research results also revealed that the older adolescent fall victims of cyber crime more frequently that the younger kid/ teens since they use the internet more. A report by the National Crime Prevention Council disclosed that cyberbullying is an issue that needs to be addressed since it affects more than 50% of the American teenagers (Hinduja & Patchin 2009 pp. 148-169, Hinduja & Patchin 2008, pp 129-156., Hinduja & Patchin 2007, pp. 89-112)
According to reports by a US non-profit making body (The Leader In e-Safety Education), Debbie Heimowitz, a master’s student from Stanford University, produced a film that revealed that 60% of the students in North Carolina had fallen victims of cyberbullying in 2007. This film, referred to as Adina’s Deck, is used to solve the problems of cyberbullying even at Megan Meier hometown to address this issue. ABC News in September 2006 reported a survey carried out by I-Safe.org in 2004. A sample of 1500 students between 4th and 8th grade revealed that:
- While online, 42% had fallen victims of cyberbullying while for 25%, it had occurred severally.
- While online, 35% had their lives threatened and for 20%, it had occurred severally
- 21% had received intimidating emails
- While online, 58% had received hurting things
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