Online Bullying Gets Nasty
from the spread-it-around dept
Online bullying isn't new. We've had stories about online bullies for years. While there is an element of adults over-reacting to what appears to simply be traditional schoolyard bullying moved online, some of the many examples in this NY Times article show just how nasty some of the online bullying has become -- though, almost every example they show consists of a student who did something they would later regret on video or in text, and it got passed around to everyone else. It's that aspect of easily embarrassing someone throughout an entire school (or beyond) that seems to causing the most problems. Combined with the "always on" nature of the internet, and it seems tough for many to escape the bullying. At least, in the past, bullying seemed isolated to a few people and only on school grounds. Still, it's not like online bullying is going to go away any time soon, so the focus needs to be on teaching kids the consequences of their actions.