Sample Criminal Justice Paper on Cyberbullying

Introduction

Cyberbullying refers to using technology to embarrass, harass or target another person negatively. It is often carried out using communication digital devices such as computers, cellphones and use of tablets. It occurs when someone sends posts or shares negative and harmful or false information about someone. Information can be shared through email, text message, in applications and social media platforms where individuals can view and share content. The unethical act is more prevalent amongst teenagers than adults as teenagers are strongly attracted to social media and technology. The negative content shared creates a permanent bad reputation of the individual to the public and this bad image may cost the individual when accessed by potential employers, relatives and friends. Several measures can be undertaken to prevent effects of cyberbullying among family, friends and people close to us.

Prevention among Peers

Preventing cyberbullying amongst peers include using various steps that involve educating them on use of technology and how to keep good reputation amongst their peers (Rice et al, 66). Friends should be advised on raising awareness of cyberbullying through movements, social groups or in campaigns so as to enable as many people as possible to be aware of the existence of the vice (Rice et al, 67). Additionally, security measures such as logging out of their accounts on public computers should be encouraged and refraining from sharing their passwords with anyone. Moreover, people are advised never to open unidentified messages from strangers and always be conscious of their privacy controls (Ang et al, 2015). Friends should always assess the effects of such actions before posting or sharing information with other people (Beran et al, 211).Victims of cyberbullying should be assisted by emotional support from close allies, discussing the matter with the victim helps to reduce stress and anxiety thereby making the person to feel free to express his mind about the issue (Beran et al, 213). Giving advice on online empowerment such as discouraging retaliation of any kind as this may worsen the situation even further.

Prevention by Parents

Family members can be assisted to prevent cybercrime through involving parental care and self-control amongst members. Parents should teach their children about maintaining good reputation of themselves and their friends (Roberto et al, 1038). Promoting healthy and open relationship with the children will help the children to come out and report to them cases of cyberbullying. Additionally, parents should monitor their child’s online activities such as control of security of personal information, check on the child’s general online behavior either on the phone or through assistance of other monitoring phone applications (Mehari et al, 616). Moreover, healthy parenthood should entail engaging parents with the youth as this union will help to send a message of unity against cyberbullying. Establishment of safety committee in schools will help to control and discuss problems arising from online bullying (Roberto et al, 1038). The safety committee can make rules, policies and also a system to report cyberbullying. In cases of affected individuals, the parents or the school can establish ways to prevent continued cyberbully through bringing down the content if posted on social media,

 

Conclusion

Educating people about cyberbullying and ways to prevent cyberbullying is the most significant method in curbing the vice in the society. Measures taken to prevent cyberbullying applies to both the youths, children and to adults as well. Additionally, different approaches can be taken to assist victims of cyberbullying depending on the extent of damage to the victim. However, when assisting the victim do not be over reactive about the situation without knowing the root of the information. Both the victim and the cyberbully need assistance to prevent increase of damages caused in the personality of both people.

Works Cited

Ang, Rebecca P. “Adolescent cyberbullying: A review of characteristics, prevention and intervention strategies.” Aggression and violent behavior 25 (2015): 35-42.

Beran, Tanya, et al. “Children’s experiences of cyberbullying: A Canadian national study.” Children & Schools 37.4 (2015): 207-214.

Mehari, K. R., et al. “Cyberbullying prevention: insight and recommendations from youths, parents, and paediatricians.” Child: care, health and development 44.4 (2018): 616-622.

Rice, Eric, et al. “Cyberbullying perpetration and victimization among Middle-School students.” American Journal of Public Health 105.3 (2015): e66-e72.

Roberto, Anthony, et al. “The short-term effects of a Cyberbullying prevention intervention for parents of middle school students.” International journal of environmental research and public health 14.9 (2017): 1038.