Cyber bullying is an issue that affects many of our youth today as well as some adults. Along with new technologies come new forms of abuse and harassment. Cyber bulling is the when someone torments, threatens, harasses, humiliates, embarrassed, or targets someone in a negative way. These types of abuse are considered cyber bullying when done over the internet, cell phones, digital devices, etc. The term “cyber bullying” only applies to children and teens. When an adult engages in these activities it’s known as “cyber-harassment” or “cyberstalking”

The methods used in cyber bullying are endless. The only thing that hinders the ideas of the “bully” is his/her own imagination. Cyber bulling is not a onetime communication, it occurs over time. The effects of cyber bullying can be long lasting. With cyber bullying, the victims can be emotional distraught and harm others people or themselves.

The prevention of cyber bullying can be tricky. There is a thin line between the first amendments, freedom of speech, and cyber bullying. Everyone in the United States has the right to express themselves. The fact is cyber bullying is considered non-violent, this allows it to be protected to an extent by the first amendment. The legal definition of harassment is intentional behaviour which is found threatening or disturbing. While cyber bullying is intentional, because it often happens amoung minors it is not always taken as seriously in terms of consequences.

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