Cyberbullying on the Rise

The old stereotypes of bullying are giving way to those harassing and threatening people through social media.

Cyberbullying on the Rise

Halli Resinger, Reporter

Bullying at schools, in many people’s minds, involves physical harm, such as hitting, kicking or pushing someone, such as in the movies West Side Story, Back to the Future, The Outsiders and the Harry Potter series.

People can also socially bully others by leaving them out, telling them that they aren’t friends with them, or spreading rumors about them, like in the movie Mean Girls. Another type of bullying is verbal and involves teasing, name-calling, or threatening to cause harm to someone.  

While these types of bullying still exist, the most common form in today’s society is through social media, according to administrators and counselors who have to manage the fallout.

Cyberbullying is a big problem and will probably continue to get worse. Since cyberbullying happens over social media or texting, it can be hard to track people’s phones to see if they have actually bullied others.  

According to Bixby High School’s freshman counselor, Stephanie Butler, and assistant principals Tina Francis and Wes Coleman, the bullying they mostly deal with involves that online variety.

“Kids are more bold on social media,” Butler says.  

According to the National Crime Prevention Council, nearly 43 percent of kids every year are cyberbullied and one in four students has had it happen more than once.

People can disengage themselves from being bullied by telling the bully to stop, tell an adult as soon as it starts happening, and/or walk away from the bully and stay away.

Both Coleman and Francis agree that “if you see any sort of bullying, you should say something.”