Cyber bullying has become more and more commonplace in schools, seemingly replacing or becoming part of common playground bullying. This issue has been brought into the forefront on the heels of the suicide of 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide after his roommate allegedly broadcast a Web video of him having a same-sex sexual encounter. Why do kids bully, do you think? What can parents and school officials do to put an end to it?
Cyber bullying seems to appear to some teens as an acceptable way to harass or bully their victims. After all, they are not physically beating up their victim, right? Cyber bullying is a cowardly act because the one who is perpetrating the crime is sitting at their computer keyboard.
However, the intent to harm or inflict emotional pain upon their victim carries the same responsibility as if they had actually caused bodily injury.