Dear Teens of 2018:
We are writing this to you to show that cyberbullying is actual bullying. The majority of the people reading this have experienced cyberbullying, this includes being cyberbullied, witnessing cyberbullying, or even being the cyberbully.
The issue we care about is that people are using the internet to cause harm to others via text, video, posts, and maybe even music. These people who cyberbully other people most likely don’t know that cyberbullying is actual bullying. Most adults don’t notice bullying online happening until it escalates to in-person bullying. The issue that starts, or begins cyberbullying is either someone they know in real life and wants to harm them by calling them names over a screen or post pictures, and/or videos making fun of or slandering someone over the internet. Teens and pre-teens are most responsible for these kinds of actions because they don’t have their prefrontal cortex fully developed yet until they are at least 25. Teens use the amygdala to process information since the prefrontal cortex isn’t fully developed yet, this is the emotional part of the brain. Teens problem solve and decide emotionally, instead of rationally and long-term thinking (Understanding the Teen Brain). This causes teens to say illicit comments they don’t really mean, or posts/say harmful words with no empathy about what the victim would feel. The oppressed group is really anyone on the internet because they can talk to literally anyone in the world using the internet. Anyone can be a target, and anyone can be the one targeting other people to cyberbully another person. The issue on the internet is that people are more careless when using the internet than the real world. This matters because pre-teens are mostly getting cyberbullied and the adults are the one that got the kids oppressed. In some way, the people benefitting from this inequity is the adults because the children are just starting and getting used to the internet but the adults are on the on hand experiences in the internet because they were here the longest in this world. The internet has every single level of oppression because the internet is not always an awesome place, sometimes the internet has darker mystery inside such as the dark web and it was made from adults and the adults have more experience on the internet.
The people that are our allies are in the organization Stop Bullying (https://www.stopbullying.gov/) This website shows that people want kids and young adults to be equal with the actual adults in the internet community and it shows that the people want to know who is the people that are bullying the kids and young adults. This shows that this team wants to know who really is behind those keyboards who are the people that are oppressing the kids and young adults. It could be the kids that are oppressing the adults. This is an example of community organizing. The second tactic of social change against bullying is propaganda, using propaganda we can show that cyberbullying can affect a victim emotionally which can cause them to self-harm or be emotionally unhealthy. All these factors can lead to many things like, insecurity, depression, self-harm, and maybe even negatively affecting their social life in real life. There are examples of cyberbullying propaganda on Media Smarts (Media Smarts).
Based on past tactics and our experience our plan next week is to make an Instagram account to spread awareness that cyberbullying is actual bullying, and that cyberbullying has the same effects of bullying in real life.
In conclusion, thank you for reading our proposal on (cyber)bullying.
Nevin and Fernando
“Cyberbullying Tactics.” StopBullying.gov, Department of Health and Human Services, www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/cyberbullying-tactics/index.html. This website is very trustworthy because it comes from a .gov domain which means it is run by the government. The website also has very much information about all kinds of bullying, it also has resources to contact.
“Cyberbullying Posters.” Body Image – Music, mediasmarts.ca/digital-media-literacy/digital-issues/cyberbulling/cyberbullying-posters. This website is all about cyberbullying which is very trustworthy because their whole goal is to spread awareness, prevent, etc.. on all kinds of bullying
“Understanding the Teen Brain .” Eastman Institute for Oral Health – University of Rochester Medical Center, University of Rochester Medical Center Rochester, 2018, www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=1&ContentID=3051. This website is very credible because it has been updated this year. It is also from the University of Rochester Medical Center which is very credible because it comes from a University.