One third of US teens victimised by 'cyber-bullies'

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by BoyBach, Jun 28, 2007.

  1. BoyBach macrumors 68040


    Feb 24, 2006
    #1 Cyberbullying Memo.pdf

    I wonder if these US numbers of 'cyber-bulling' are indicative of the levels throughout the world?
  2. imac/cheese macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2007
    I actually heard an advertisement on the radio the other day about cyber-bullying. It had a young teen girl insulting another teen about her clothes, style, make-up, etc and ended with a narrator stating, "If you wouldn't say it in person, don't say it online." or something to that effect.
  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    To me , this is a parenting issue. Get the damn computers out of kids bedrooms and find out what the hell you kid is doing and what sites they are visiting.
  4. mattscott306 macrumors 68040


    Jan 16, 2007
    Thats what my parents did for the first 17 years of my life.

    I think most parents I knew growing up didn't care, or didn't wanna know what their kids were doing online. I imagine more parents feel this way as time goes on.

    Lazy ass parents are a huge problem.
  5. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    Online didn't exist when I was growing up. I don't get the online bully thing, why not just sign off or something?
  6. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Well, it should work in most instances.
  7. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    Just further thinning of kids skins. Meh. I think that, while a lot of bullying is bad, kids have to learn to deal with some things on their own...I mean it's not like there aren't bullies in the real world. What's going to happen to kids whose lives are entirely sheltered from bullies when they step into reality as adults? :rolleyes:
  8. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    wtf. Kids are such whiny bitches these days. Everyone is so sensitive to everyones feelings and ****. ****ing emos.
  9. ghall macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
    I can be a cyber-bully too!

    You are all ugly! You suck! Get a life! :mad:

    ...okay, I was joking guys.
  10. KD7IWP macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2004
    American living in Canada
    That made me laugh:p
  11. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    I'm going to go cry to my mommy now! I need a therapist, I can't deal with online bullies like you who hurt my feelings.
  12. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

    Jan 14, 2007
    Give me a break.

    Can I please move to a country where they don't find this to be a big deal.

    Some people are too sensitive and need to be slapped. Good thing humans are not like other animals- where if you cry about everything you'll be left to die or something will eat you.

    Have I been cyber bullied, probably, do I care, no.

    Anyone that has siblings or has left their house has been bullied before.

    Edit: I would also like to mention that due to "anti-bullying law" people that really need the ***** beat out of them, can't. Its really quite a shame. For example, there is this complete, quintessential nerd/dork/loser at my school (I think he may become a serial killer some day, he's already tried to strangle a kid for accidentally knocking over his binder, it really was an accident). Anyways this kid talks crap about people- like calling a kid fat and the teacher do nothing because they know everyone hates him and they think he is constantly made fun of. When people threaten to beat him up he just encourages them to do so knowing that they won't do it because they'll get in trouble.
  13. iToaster macrumors 68000


    May 3, 2007
    In front of my MacBook Pro
    Oh, but just wait until someone snaps. He'll get what's coming to him. Anyway, I really don't care what anyone thinks of me. They can make fun of my clothes or whatnot, but I don't give a *expletive* because they can hate me, and I don't care, 'cause I can hate them too, although I prefer to be neutral about it: Kid: I hate you. Me: Ok, you do that. Anyway, it's good to know we men have an advantage for not having feelings:D:D
  14. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    I'm growing up in the "MySpace" Generation. I don't see the problem either. If someones insulting me, I blow it off, block them or leave the game, whatever it Is im doing.
  15. teflon macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2007
    Well if someone bullies you in real life, you can walk away too, but the damage has already been done. And its not just IM, on Facebook, Myspace and alike, people can leave nasty comments for everyone to see. Unless you're logged on 24/7 and check your comments constantly, you won't be able to delete in time to prevent everyone from seeing. You know how it is in high school, if one person sees it, you might as well as announced it on the PA. People can also spam your email with hateful emails, or post up undesirable pictures/videos of you. I'm sure there are many other ways too.
  16. Jasonbot macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2006
    The Rainbow Nation RSA
    Some guy at my school was expelled recently for cyber-bullying. This is a pretty serious issue IMO. Oh, and this wasn't in the US so ja, cyber bullying is universal.
  17. bmb012 macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2006
    Isn't that what reporting groups is for? I mean, facebook has that, doesn't myspace...?
  18. topgunn macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2004
    What ever happened to the gold old days where you would take your beating behind the dumpster and stumble on? Kids today.
  19. blitzkrieg79 macrumors 6502


    Mar 9, 2005
    currently USA
    Can't we all just get along? :p Anyway, people these days will make a big deal out of the smallest possible thing, hey, maybe there is a lawsuit in there so I can make some easy money. When I was a teenager there were bullies but the trick to it was to survive on your own (or with a pack of your friends) and just go on with your life. Anyway, as some people already mentioned before, it all really starts at home, parents neglect their kids these days which is not a good thing, kids need positive guidance, of course I am not talking about some fascist regime at home but some discipline would help out a great deal, and this goes to bullies and non-bullies :p
  20. baggss macrumors newbie


    Mar 19, 2005
    I recently had to do this with my 17 year old daughter. She still has the computer in her room, just no more on-line access. I had been monitoring her regularly for some years, but recent events required more stringent remedies. She doesn't like, but any on-line access she needs for school is now done from either mine or my wifes computer which are downstairs and in plain sight. As for "Social Networking" with her friends, it's gone. Even her Cell phone usage (texting, web-surfing, AIM etc) has been curtailed.
  21. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    I'd say that in many, if not most, cases, this 'cyber bullying' serves for some important lessons in social problem solving in an increasingly online world.

    Take an offline example: some kid at school gets picked on. He cries, runs home to his parents, who call the school and have the big bad bully expelled. Life lesson? The kid feels he doesn't have to deal with bullies, and that some authority will take care of them for him. Twenty years later, the kid messes up at work, a coworker tells him he's stupid and that he f-ed up and bam there's a worthless lawsuit and the kid is in therapy.

    If the kid had been left to figure the situation in school out on his own, he would have worked the problem out in his own kid way, and built valuable social skills and a thicker skin that would protect him the future. In middle school there was a big kid who had a temper, he beat people up sometimes, he punched holes in walls. Broke stuff. I was rightfully scared that he could cream me. He hit some kid and the kids parents got a restraining order against him. Instead of getting adults to handle it, I figured out that if I was nice to him, he would be nice to me. I still knew that I was smarter than him, and that he was never going to amount to anything, however when I was around him I was friendly. We never became friends, but I gave him respect and he never once threatened anything. This kind of stuff develops basic social skills...I know plenty of adults like him, who throw their power around, and because of experiences like that bully in middle school, I know how to work out my own problems.

    As far as I'm concerned this applies to cyber bullying as have to learn how to handle themselves online in the same way they handle themselves in the real world. I did it. I had my share of very private instant messages copied and pasted to ten other people without my knowledge, pasted into peoples' profiles sent to friends of friends. What did I learn? Not to send private stuff to people I didn't absolutely trust. Bam. Learned it in 8th grade.

    What happens in the reverse of that situation? What if I had told my parents, who then told the school who then suspended the other kids for cyber bullying me? What would I have learned then? Somehow it would no longer have been my mistake to send sensitive messages to untrustworthy people, I would have had the power to punish others for something I did wrong. See where I'm coming from?

    The less and less we let kids solve their own problems, the more we are creating a generation of weaklings who cannot think or act for themselves.
  22. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

    Jan 14, 2007
    I hope I am not the one that snaps. He is so obnoxious and he makes fun of everyone to make up for his extensive shortcomings.

    Mark my words, when he (the dork) snaps, we're all gonna be dead.
  23. macEfan macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2005
    Forbidden, you do not have access to that server
    If someone gets pissed off at me, I just ignore them and move on... its not worth getting upset over something that you'll just forget by the next morning anyway...

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