A 2009 survey by MTV and The Associated Press found that 50 percent of people between the ages of 14 and 24 have experienced cyberbullying. In the past year, people bullied online have committed suicide in high profile cases, showing just how real the problem is.
While the legal system is still unsure of how to deal with cyberbullying, students need to take a stand and realize how serious it is. From a Facebook status to an instant message, tormenting another person online is a cruel manner that is just as destructive as harassing in person. Online bullying can lead to depression, low self-esteem and even suicide.
The Ithacan acknowledges that reporting about the gossip website College Anonymous Confession Board may draw more students to visit it. But in an effort to end online harassment, The Ithacan asks Ithaca College students to boycott the website and not participate in cyberbullying. Students need to be aware of what they put online since there are no limitations as to who can access it.
The college should also be aware of online harassment and address it. Students that have found themselves to be the target of cyberbullying are encouraged to seek help and report cases to Public Safety.
This generation has been using technology incorrectly. While we have the ability to access instant knowledge at just the tips of our fingers, we have been using social media and online platforms to torment and humiliate others. The online tools we have been given have led to tragedy, and it needs to end.