What Has Happened in the Past?
To determine what will happen in the future, we have to know what has happened in the past and compare it to today. Although it might be hard to believe, the number of victims from cyberbullying and stalking is decreasing. In a study done by the Cyberbullying Research Center, cyberbullying and staking has decreased from 40.6% of school students in 2004 to 20.8% of school students in 2010. Even though the percentage of victims has decreased, the number of attackers has stayed relatively the same. Also, in this study, the Cyberbullying Research Center showed that most victims are attacked through hurtful comments online or rumors. To conclude this study, the Research Center showed that more women are being attacked and more men are being the attacker. The Cyberbullying Research Center is currently traveling the United States to educate students in schools about how to prevent cyberbullying and stalking.
What Will Happen?
The rate of cyberbullying and stalking will continue to drop but will never disappear completely. Most of the victims are school students. The attacks are usually harmful posts and/or rumors on sites such as Facebook and Twitter. School Students are constantly starting rumors and talking about other people. It will be hard to have this stop completely. Bullying in schools started to decrease when cyberbullying and stalking increased. It is much easier to attack someone over the internet than it is while at school. The more cyberbullying and stalking decreases, the more bullying might increase in the actually school setting.
There are several group and organization that educate students on cyberbullying and stalking. Eventually, we feel that it will be a covered topic in school classes, such as computer classes. Currently, most schools are restricting the use of online communication and clog sites so that the students are not able to participate in cyberbullying while on school grounds. This is helping to decrease the number of attacks because some students are only able to access these sites while at school.
In the future, most of the cyberbullying and stalking education will rely on schools. Schools are where the students spend most of their time. Schools influence who the students become and how they act. If the schools do not start taking actions on cyberbullying and stalking then the number of victims and attackers will rise. If the schools take part in education the students, then the number might drop. Schools are able to make a zero tolerance for cyberbullying and stalking policy where students who have been attacked are able to find security and solutions about their attack.
A possible solution is to educate students. The rate of victims from cyberbullying and stalking is decreasing over time because children are being educated on why cyberbullying and stalking is and what its effects are. This has been shown to help decrease the number of cyberbullying and stalking attacks.
Another possible solution is that parents monitor and talk to their children about being on sites. Someone only needs to be thirteen to register for most online sites such as Facebook, Twiter, Myspace, ect. If someone under thirteen wants to register on the site they only have to click the “I am over 13” button. Some children have been tracked down and murdered as a result of being on these sites. Parents should make sure that their children are not on these sites while they are under age.
For people who are being attacked by cyberbullying and/or cyberstalking, there are several things that they can do. One thing is don’t respond to the attack. Most attackers are out to hurt someone, if the victim comes of as not caring; the attacker will not win and will not feel like they achieved their goal. Also, report the attack and talk to someone about it. Something might be able to be done to help prevent this person from continuing their actions.
Suggested Readings and Videos:
(Video) The Cyberbullying Survival Guide:
Cyberbullying Research Center Blogs and Articles:http://www.cyberbullying.us
National Center for Victims of Crime:http://www.ncvc.org