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Is Cyberbullying a Bad Thing?

Cyberbullying might not have been as big of a problem before, but now it can be seen as another form of bullying. Many teenagers, of any age, get bullied everyday and everywhere making it a big topic worldwide. Some people may think that the physical side of bullying is the worst, but is that necessarily true?

Although cyberbullying is over social media, you would think by staying away from it you will be fine, but that’s not the case. After asking FPC sophomore Darby Lampert what she thinks, she stated, “Cyberbullying is worse than physical bullying because people that are cyberbullied can physically hurt themselves because of the hurtful words that were said.”

Then Shane Dacus, a freshman at i3 Academy stated, “No, physical bullying is not worse because with cyberbullying it’s a whole different ballgame. If there is a bully online that is spreading rumors on whatever website, people are going to think it’s true and people are going to turn their backs at you because of what they saw online.”

Heather Povey, a homeschooler in 10th grade explained, “I think cyberbullying is worse because everything these days is on social media, most teenagers lives revolve around social media, and most cyberbullying happens on social media formats. Not just text messages, which makes people feel bad about themselves and can lead to physically abusing themselves. When it’s just physical most of the time you can get away from it in some way.”

The quotes above explain three major reasons on how cyberbullying can be just as bad, if not worse than physical bullying. You may be able to get away from a physical bully by avoiding them in public and at home, but online you can’t run away from it. On the internet many people may see the bullying happen and could either jump in to defend you or take the bully’s side. Cyberbullying can also lead to physical actions when the victim harms themselves in some way. Bullying is a very important topic to bring awareness to and should be stopped. If you are to ever see someone being bullied online give them some words of encouragement to let them know they matter.