Bullying is a growing problem in the United States in todays society. Any person with internet access can be vulnerable to cyber bullying. Although, it is mostly associated with the younger teen generation of our time. Unfortunately, bullying in any form is not easy to identify. Bullying is a whole other world. Mostly, the act cannot even be traced until the one being bullied stands up to say something. Bullying can come in many forms as well. This is another trait that makes it harder to catch as well as prove. In most cases the only evidence anyone has to prove is if the bullying action has been put in words or physically occurred. Anyone can be a victim or a bully; adults, children, man, woman, it does not matter anyone can be or could be bullied or bullying. Bullying can happen any day at any time, any where. A few outcomes of bullying can be low self-esteem, drop-out, quitting a job, or even death!Cyber bullying is defined as “the electronic posting of mean-spirited messages about a person (as a student) often done anonymously” (Webster, 2011). It can be found in the form of: blogs, videos, chatrooms, social networking, or even a whole web page dedicated to harm the victim. Most children or adolescents learn this behavior from either there parents or their peers.

Bullying is normally a learned trait based on the consensus that a child must learn how to do so in some way. The paradigm is how they learn it. Based on personal social interactions or family interactions, they learn this behavior. In some cases bullies use the first amendment as reason behind their actions. This makes making a newer policy a bit more difficult to write. Where the first amendment does have it’s purpose it also has a few loopholes in it. And many persons will use these loopholes to their negative advantage.

On July 1, 2013, the governor of  Virginia defined bullying by stating, “ Bullying means any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. ‘Bullying includes cyber bullying. ‘Bullying’ does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict.” (US Department of Health and Human Services).

 

According to the Virginia Commonwealth Law [H.B. 1624] Virginia [as a whole] needs to step up and advocate against bullying on all levels. Whether this is in school, in the community, or on the internet. It also states that school boards should advocate somehow to keep this out of their school district by setting a policy to avoid these actions as cautiously as necessary. The law then states that school districts should have systems of in-service to educate personnel on how to deal with these situations in case the need arises.

 

If this is the definition of bullying as a whole, does cyber bullying not fit into that category? Then why do schools, only cover the issue of what is done on the school grounds and bus stops? The issue is rising in teens all across Virginia. The issue in Mecklenburg County is steadily rising.

The focus here is more or less for middle and high school students aged 12-17. Most of these student s have social media sites. There are precautions that can be made. Will policy be able to stop the issue completely? NO. but we can put a dent in it if possible.