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An alarming statistic from the US Department of Health and Human Services states that 52% of students have been a victim of cyberbullying. More than half of students are experiencing the physical and mental threats that follow them constantly in the cyber world. Our world today is filled with the use of internet in a majority of tasks, whether in an office building or in a classroom full of students. With so many people using social media and the internet comes consequences. The idea of cyberbullying is that the internet provides an anonymity that allows a vicious comment to be said without placing the blame on a direct person. In addition, the internet is filled with fake accounts that interact with a person on a daily basis. In contrast to traditional bullying at school, cyberbullying has created an environment where a photo or statement can be shared continuously. At the University of Dayton, students have social media on their phones or computers constantly. Some of the more popular social media sites used are Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, YikYak, and Instagram. An article conducted by Flyer News expressed the concern that YikYak posed because of the ability to post racist or awful comments about others without your identity being exposed. With the increased use of social media here on UD’s campus, there is a heightened chance that cyberbullying will or already has presented itself as a serious issue. Sixty-eight percent of teens report cyberbullying as a serious issue and 81% think it is much easier to bully someone via social media/online rather than in person (dosomething.org, 2016). In conclusion, whether or not we see it often here on our campus, cyberbullying is an issue and it is up to us students to be educated on it and attempt to stop it.
Heather R Parsons
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium poster
Bell, Kaitlin Marie; Cook, Samantha M.; Jasensky, Tyler E.; and Lindesmith, Hannah Catherine, "Cyberbullying on UD Campus" (2016). Stander Symposium Posters. 799.