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Cyberbullying is a very real and very painful thing. I found the picture above very moving, because, although bullying behind a computer screen probably won’t leave the victim physically injured, the pain caused is just as deep and hurtful.

It is harder for parents and teachers to govern what children and teens do online, but something needs to be done to teach youth how to properly and respectfully use the internet. I do believe that social networking allows more access and free speech for teens to say whatever they want online, and still somewhat hide behind a screen, rather than saying it in person. However, a media outlet cannot be blamed for the actions of people. I believe that social media is a privilege that comes with maturity. If a child or teen is misusing a social networking site, especially to hurt others, then parents, teachers, bystanders (or witnesses in this case), or even management of the social networking site need to take action to remove the bully or perpetrator from the site until they are taught respectful and responsible ways to use this media.

In conclusion, yes, in some ways social networking can promote cyberbullying, but technology alone cannot be blamed for bullying. This is a disciplinary issue and is something that needs to be monitored and only used when a child or teen is ready and mature enough to use the networking site.

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