Bullying and Cyberbullying

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Bullying/ Cyber bullying

Bullying is a serious mental health problem that leaves many school age children, adolescents and young adults to suffer in silence. Nevertheless the subject has earned much notoriety because of media coverage after tragic suicide deaths of young adults. Bullying affects the quality of the academic environment for all students. Anyone can be a target of bullying. On the other hand anyone hes the potential to be a bully. Therefore a greater emphasis needs to be placed on educators to empower students with the knowledge that this type of behavior is unacceptable. It is vital to work to establish a positive, supportive school culture for the emotional well-being of students, teachers, and faculty. It was reported that on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 15 year old Amanda Todd of Port Coquitlam, Canada apparently committed suicide after being subjected to bullying on and offline. Amanda was a sophomore at Coquitlam Alternate Basic Education High School. When Amanda was in the 7th grade a man coerced her into flashing him on her web camera (Grenoble). A year later the man contacted her via Facebook and threatened that he would send the topless photo to everyone she knew if she did not “put on a show” for him on her webcam. Through the power of the internet he had been able to access her personal information, including that of her friends and relatives. Amanda refused his request and the photo was forwarded. All of Amanda’s friends turned on her and began to bully her. When the bullying became unbearable she changed schools in an effort to alleviate the emotional pain. At this point Amanda had developed anxiety, depressions and substance abuse problems.
The online stalker was relentless and created a Facebook profile using her topless photograph. When people in her new school saw the profile, Amanda lost all her “friends” again…...

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