Cyberbullying and Facebook:
For our overall assignment for our ‘Living, Learning and Working in the context of the Digital Economy’ class we have been asked to create a visual essay on a topic of our choice. Before we do this, my blogpost for this week will give a brief overview of the topic I have chosen and why I have chosen it.
I have decided to select the topic of cyberbullying and when discussing this, I will be linking it directly to cyberbullying on the social networking site, Facebook. Facebook is the most popular site of this kind, racking up an average of 900 million visitors each month (eBiz, 2014). Therefore, I chose to link it to this as I think it will be a major ground for cyberbullying due to the number of users it has. Consumer Reports (2011) confirmed this by saying that in the years of 2010 and 2011, one million children reported that they were being bullied on Facebook in a number of different ways.
Within my visual essay, I will be discussing a number of aspects of cyberbullying which I believe to be necessary in order to understand the seriousness of the topic. I will begin by describing what cyberbullying is and will then go on to talk about three main factors of cyberbullying. These include: where cyberbullying can happen online, what kind of bullying it involves and what effects it can have on its victims. All the while, I will be relating this information to Facebook and will hopefully have some examples from the social networking site as evidence.
Although I have never been bullied myself, I have witnessed cyberbullying online, mostly in the form of nasty comments on peoples’ posts/pictures or spreading inappropriate rumours. Due to this being online, the bullies don’t see the negative effects they are having on the victim as they are not seeing them in person. However, these effects are still happening, meaning awareness has to be raised.
There are a couple of reasons for my selecting of the topic, cyberbullying. One being that it has been an area that I have been interested in for a while. When I was in 5th or 6th year of high school, we were educated slightly on the topic of cyberbullying, and it struck an interest. How were people bullied online? What types of bullying were possible online? How did it affect the victims? I think it also caught my attention because I knew that many members of my family used the internet, and I thought if I was made more aware about the subject then I could help to ensure it was not happening to them.
In addition, as the digital world increases and develops, so do the number of ways that cyberbullying can occur. Therefore, I thought this would be a suitable topic to discuss as it needs to become more recognized in society and people have to be made more aware of the issue.
Overall, my visual essay aims to make people more aware of cyberbullying, what kind of bullying it involves and what the effects are on the victims. I hope this blogpost has given an overview of what my visual essay will cover and why I selected it.
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