Bullying is something that we are all familiar with. Either we did it, received it, witnessed it, or heard about it. It is something that people have been trying to combat for as long as we can remember. There are different ways of dealing with it, whether it be ignoring it, just taking it, or sticking up for yourself. Some younger people, without knowing what to do, or just finding no answer in the mentioned tactics, opt with ending it by means of suicide.
Research studies have shown that suicide rates in the United States has gone down a remarkable 28.5% among younger Americans. However, there has been a steady increase in suicide among those ranging from the ages of 10 to 19. One main cause of this steady incline is bullying. Being bullied by peers gives those who are being harassed a sense of loneliness, depression, and a lack of self-worth among other alienable traits. And it is safe to say that that main for of this harassment takes place behind a screen as cyber bullying. (Cyberbullying Research Center)
Over the past few years, we can all recall seeing a high-profile case about a teen that unfortunately took their own life as a result of cyber bullying. “Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts” (bullyingstatistics.org). Bullyingstatistics.org also reports that those who are cyber bullied are 2 to 9 times more likely to attempt suicide than those who are not victims of cyber bullying, according to studies from Yale University.
Schools should do all that they can to prevent and end any cyber bullying that they may hear of. But help should start at home. Parents who see a serious cyber bullying problem report it to the school authorities, and perhaps arrange a meeting with the bully’s parents. “More states are implementing laws against bullying, and recent lawsuits against schools and criminal charges against bullies show that there are legal avenues to take to deal with bullies” (bullyingstatistics.org). If school authorities feel as though the cyber bullying situation is out of their hands, then the local authorities should be contacted.
Still it is important for stronger cyber bullying laws to be put into place as technology advances.