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Congratulations on the end of your journey in Advanced Composition. Hopefully, this will not be the end of your writing experiences!

For our last graded assignment, please respond to the questions posed below. They are designed to have you look back over the past eight weeks and reflect upon how the assignments, discussions, and peer reviews have helped you gain insight about your growth as a writer and your knowledge about writing.

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Running head: Cyberbullying Cyberbullying

 

Akaria Babbs

 

Devry University Cyberbullying

 

Introduction

 

Cyberbullying is a form of bullying that is done online especially through social

 

networking sites, emails or any other forms of online communication (Sourander 2010). In the

 

event of bullying a person online, one may choose to use offensive or mean language and direct

 

it to another person and this results in feelings getting hurt. It is a common act among youths and

 

teens due to the fact they communicate to each other online and very often. This is an activity

 

that is growing at an alarming rate and brings about mixed results. Some victims have been so

 

hurt by comments that have been made to them by their peers and result to hurting themselves

 

severely or even taking their own life. The biggest question however is, what can be done to

 

cyberbullying and can it be avoided?

 

Cyberbullying may start offline or online. It is possible to know one who is a bully in

 

person and continues to treat people unfairly online. People who are always jealous, mean or

 

insecure may be pushy or down talk online. This, many people feel, is completely senseless and

 

immature. This papers seeks to look at the target audience of cyberbullying.

 

Primary audience

 

Everyone can be a victim of cyberbullying. It is not possible to draw out a segment of the

 

society and say that it cannot be affected by cybercrime. Everyone from adults to teens is at the

 

risk of becoming a victim of cyberbullying. Despite this, the teens are more prone to the risk than

 

any other group. The core reason behind this is that teens are the greatest users of the social

 

networking platforms. The teens cannot be spend much of their time in anything different but

 

chatting and updating their status in the social media sites (Hinduja & Patchin, 2010).. The fact

 

that they are also in a state of trying to discover more things and connect with as many people as Cyberbullying

 

possible renders them the mostly affected lot. The behavior is also common in the teens because

 

once one is cyberbullied, he will tend to reciprocate in a similar or harsher version. This trend

 

continues and both parties abuse each other to alarming levels. Some may end up committing

 

suicide as result of this.

 

A person who is being bullied online may contact a person he or she trusts to deal with

 

the problem (Suler, 2004). Such could be a counsellor or any other trusted online source that

 

offers advice on online bullying. There are questions however regarding whether a person should

 

get in trouble if he bully?s others and it results into harm.

 

Cyber bullying cure

 

The solution to cyber bullying will combine several aspects that cover tracking of the

 

bully, imposing a punishment on them and ways to enable the bullied to recuperate, a solution

 

named cyber bullying cure. Currently, no national law that covers cyber bullying. Many reported

 

cases go unpunished or the culprits are given a light punishment. The country needs to create

 

rules that will help in identification of the cyber bullies. The law will also be used to define the

 

extent to which the bully harms in regard to privacy invasion and reputation degradation. It

 

should also show the punishment imposed to each kind of crime

 

The public is unaware of cyber bullying.[Hin08] Information technology is now gaining

 

much attention especially with the young age. Many are usually naïve and don?t even understand

 

about privacy invasion. They don?t differentiate the boundaries defined in terms of individual?s

 

reputation and the kind of information of another individual which can be exposed to the public.

 

The solution will be aiming at educating the public about cyber bullying. It will carried out in

 

rallies, promotions and seminars. The society will be organized into groups and public trainers Cyberbullying

 

will be visiting them on different days for training. The training will address the main causes of

 

cyber bullying and avoid them. [Her08] The government and civil society groups will be

 

involved in training process. In addition the government will establish centers for reporting cyber

 

bullying cases. The centers will have the responsibility of guiding the abused to report the cases

 

to police and necessary actions taken. The center will be involved in enabling the abused to

 

recuperate from the scenario. Counseling of the individuals will be initiated with proper

 

monitoring procedures.

 

Another solution to curb cyber bullying is establishment of effective systems for response

 

to cyber bullying.[per14] The section will be derived from police department whose function will

 

be collecting evidence of cyber bullying, preparing a court session for the bully and prosecuting

 

of the culprit. The prosecution process should take a very short time because justice delayed is

 

justice denied.

 

The solution will be successful because it addresses the gaps that have not been filled in

 

order to curb cyber bullying. Enacting laws that will be used to prosecute cyber bullies ensure

 

that no case is let go due to inadequate solution by the law. The solution also takes care of the

 

victims of cyber bullying by taking them through a counseling process. To enable faster healing

 

of the victims the prosecution process takes place in a short time. The solution also establishes a

 

specialized polices department the will be dealing with cyber bullying.

 

My solution blends several solutions that have been proposed to solve cyber bullying.

 

The combination of the solution allows sharing of data between different departments dealing

 

with cyber bulling. There will be a coordinated problem solving between the police department

 

and center for counseling the victim. The public awareness campaign and training will be used as

 

platform to engage the public in understanding the different laws and regulation on the use of Cyberbullying

 

cyber space. The public will be educated on its rights and ways in which they can be bullied. The

 

solution will enlighten them on the way to deal with cyber bullying.

 

Other solutions that exist usually work individually with uncoordinated information

 

sharing. The victims only receive counseling from the established centers. Reporting the case to

 

the police and the steps afterwards are never advised, so the victim is left in a quagmire. Laws

 

that exist results to jailing of the culprit for not more than six months. The reputation lost is never

 

compensated.

 

Another untested solution is making the content sent via instant messaging software and

 

posting on social media be filtered. The solution if implemented would be the best as it can

 

control bullying at a rate of 90%. However the solution has a major challenge. People need

 

privacy. Filtering the control will mean there will be breach of privacy of individuals. The

 

solution too requires a heavy investment to be implemented. It requires installation of software

 

and hardware to control the content sent across cyber sites. It will also require employing

 

individuals who will be constantly monitoring the system and reporting of the cases.

 

Steps for implementation.

 

The proposed solution will undergo a number of stages in order to be implemented.

 

Identification- this step will get an in depth report of the number of people that are victims of

 

cyber bullying. It will also establish the regions in which they are widely occurring, the ages to

 

which the abuse occurs and government policies in place for solving the problem.

 

Analysis- this stage will analyze the data collected from stage one. The result of this stage will be

 

determining the distribution of cases of cyber bullying according to age, geographical regions

 

and policy coverage of solving the cases involved. Cyberbullying

 

Budgeting- the solution aims at establishing a police department dealing with cyber bullying,

 

establish training, counseling and reporting centers. A budget to cater for the operation of the

 

police department will be established.it covers a transport cost, cost of searching for evidence

 

and if necessary cost for hiring specialized companies for carrying out investigation. The budget

 

covers the cost of establishment of counseling centers and employment of professional

 

counselors. It also covers the cost of training the public on cyber bullying.

 

Implementation.- it should be covered in phases. First is the establishment of the policies by the

 

government and creation of the special police department to deal with cyber bullying.. Then

 

training process would be carried out in parallel with construction of counseling centers. The last

 

phase would be hiring of counseling and training personnel and the commemoration of the

 

projects.

 

People involved Policy makers- they must be qualified in cyber laws. They are responsible in formulating the laws and punishment for cyber bullying.

 

Police department- they will be responsible for structuring the cyber bullying department. Should have good knowledge of cyber usages and abuse.

 

Trainers- they are responsible for training the public. They should be graduates in information technology and related fields.

 

Counselors- they will be involved in keeping record of reported crimes, counseling the

 

individual and monitoring their progress. Deliverables Cyberbullying

 

The complete project will build counseling centers in areas that are prone to cyber bullying.

 

The centers will have counseling staffs ready to handle reported cases. It will also produce a

 

new police department for dealing with cyber bullying. The department will have trained

 

polices in cyber laws. The government will create training teams that will move across the

 

country to educate the communities on cyber usage.

 

Projects profits

 

The projects benefits are: Reduce the number of cases in cyber bullying- this will be achieved through education and sensitization seminars in public places.

 

Make the public aware of internet usage.- through use of employed trainers in the community regions.

 

Counsel the victims of cyber bullying and help them recuperate.- will be achieved through use of counseling centers and will be done by specialized counselors.

 

Prosecute the culprits soon the cases are discovered.- through the newly created

 

police department to deal with the cases. Also through use of laws created by the

 

policy makers.

 

Cost benefits analysis. The following is a data analysis of the resources used in in the implementation of the solution.

 

The resources are higher in the first years but will eventually come to flat rate after all physical

 

structures have been constructed. The number of cases is expected to fall gradually with increase

 

in years. Cyberbullying Key Green-represents cost.

 

Blue-represent cases reported. Figure above is a time series graph comparing the resources used in implementing the solution

 

and the number of cases reported per year.

 

Conclusion Cyberbullying

 

The discussion above proves some ills of cyberbullying which is a dominant threat in

 

today?s cyber space. Due to the increased use in technology, cybercrime is too on the increase

 

and has reached alarming rates. The teens use the social networking sites more than any other

 

group of people. This is perhaps the core reason as to why they are the most affected lot by

 

cybercrime. Some victims of cybercrime have been reported to commit suicide or do filthy

 

bodily harm as a result of cybercrime. There ought to be ways devised to prevent cybercrime or

 

to deal with the culprits. Technology has the ability to record and recall situations which include

 

cyberbullying and many of such have become part of studies which concentrates on

 

cyberbullying as well as how it can be avoided. This is because the crime has reached alarming

 

heights and need to be tackled with the seriousness applied for other crimes. Cyberbullying Bibliography

 

Hertz, M. F., & David-Ferdon, C. (2008). A CDC issue brief for educators and caregivers. In

 

Electronic media and touth violence (p. 7). Atlanta.

 

Hinduja, S. J. (2008). An exploratory analysis of factors related to offending and victimization.

 

In bullying statistics (p. 156).

 

permalink. (2014). response- accountability. A solution to cyber bullying?

 

Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. (2010). Cyber bullying fact sheet: identification, prevention, and

 

response.

 

Sourander et. al. (2010). Psychosocial risk factors associated with cyber bullying among

 

adolescents. Arch Gen Psychiatry, 67(7).

 

Suler, J. (2004). The online disinhibition effect. Cyber psychology & Behavior, 7(3), 321-326.

 


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