RESOLVING CYBERBULLYING1Resolving CyberbullyingEmma K. StephensAmerican Public University
RESOLVING CYBERBULLYING2AbstractAs the prevalence of digital technology continues to increase, the problem of cyberbullying continues to exist. While parents, schools, lawmakers, educators, and children have tried different methods and approaches to resolve this issue, cyberbullying still affects many children, and it is clear that the current methods may need some revision. Though there is some controversy surrounding the most effective way to dissolve the issue, many agree that the conversation on cyberbullying needs some improvement. Administrators, educators, and parents need to establish policies, boundaries, and consequences regarding cyberbullying to demonstrate to children how severe the issue is. Along with establishing policies, promoting safe internet skills and monitoring usage can help diminish the problem of cyberbullying once and for all.
RESOLVING CYBERBULLYING3AnalysisWhat is Being Done to Address CyberbullyingAs cyberbullying has gained acceptance as a social problem, policy makers and scholars have conducted legal reviews to explain the legal options and methods to resolve the problem. According to Felt (2015), many American reviews note that the U.S. approach to cyberbullying is dominated by expected physical harm. If cyberbullies use threats of violence against their victims, there are more consequences than if the cyberbullying is ruining the reputation of their victim, for example. Freedom of speech is often cited in American reviews, which dismisses the severity of cyberbullying. Several states have adopted cyberbullying laws. Smith, Minor, and Brashen (2014) note that in 2007, New Jersey was the first state to enact a cyberbullying law. In 2008, several states followed this notion and adopted cyberbullying laws. Frequently, cyberbullying occurs between students at the same school, indicating it is critical for schools to adopt policies addressing the problem. A study found that 53% of participants were unsure if their school had a policy addressing cyberbullying, and 39% claimed their school did not have a policy in place (Smith, Minor, & Brashen, 2014). Schools, administrators, and educators are continuously working to create effective policies against cyberbullying, yet this can be tricky because of legal matters. Controversy Surrounding Proposed SolutionsWhile many agree cyberbullying is an existing problem that needs immediate attention, there is some controversy surrounding the proposed resolutions. A popular proposition to improving the problem of cyberbullying includes educational intervention. Supporters of this idea believe society should leave cyberbullying intervention to schools, educators, and parents,