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Social media sites are a great way for teenagers to socialise with their friends. Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and Instagram are all social networks that teenagers use to communicate with their friends and others through the Internet. But with the use of these networks increasing daily stories of teenagers coming under attack by cyber bullies and the fatalities because of this is also rising. Parents and teachers are mentors and guardians of children and teenagers; therefore do you think that they should have a better understanding of cyber bullies on the Internet to help guard teenagers against harmful situations?

In October 2013 a 12 year old girl from Florida committed suicide after malicious messages were sent to her via social networking sites. Two girls were later arrested in connection with the death of Rebecca Sedwick; however even after her death more spiteful messages appeared on Facebook clearly showing that the two girls felt no remorse over their actions. The parents of the two girls and the staff of the school came under scrutiny for not taking action earlier to prevent this tragedy as it came out that Rebecca and her mother had apparently reported the bullying to the school before the fatal incident. The police officer that was appointed to the case urged parents to take more responsibility for their children’s actions online. Many of the public believe that the parents of the two girls are to blame as they did not know their teenage daughters activities online and maybe if they knew more about it, they could have prevented the casualty of the young girl. Do you believe this is true?

Another cyber bullying case that caused a teenage suicide is the one about Rehtaeh Parsons, but this time instead of the parents it was the teachers of her school that came under scrutiny for not helping to prevent the fatal incident. Rehtaeh committed suicide after months of torture over social media sites where pictures and videos had surfaced of her being raped by four different boys. When finding out the news her parents did everything they felt they could do to support Rehtaeh, however they felt that the school did not support her and take necessary action within the school. As the pictures and videos were circulating around Rehtaeh’s classmates, she found school unbearable with the constant negative comments made towards her face to face and over the web. Her parent’s felt that the school should have spoken to students about the incident and supported Rehtaeh in anyway they could to make her time at school more bearable. Some of the public feel that if the teachers were more aware of how harmful cyber bullying can be to a person’s emotional and physical state maybe they would have understood and helped her more during this troubling time. Do you believe that the teachers could have done more in this situation?

After hearing about the two different cases on teenage cyber bullying do you think that it is teachers and parents moral duty to be more aware of cyber bullying amongst teens to help prevent further suicides?

Please let us know your thoughts on this subject; all your views are very much appreciated.

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In the last week it has been publicised that David Cameron, UK MP, has decided that he wants UK school children to be taught the dangers of ‘sexting’ and cyber bullying, along with safety on the Internet and smartphones. This comes after the shocking revelation that sex education guidance hasn’t been updated since 2000, and contains no reference to the Internet. It is alleged that more than half of teenagers have received an explicit photo, with 40% of those saying they had sent one of themselves. This is a worrying statistic, especially when referring to cases in our latest blog post about Amanda Todd and Daniel Perry, whose mistake of sending an intimate photo cost them their lives. The problem with sending these pictures, otherwise known as ‘sexting’, is that they can be passed round hundreds of social network users within minutes, which is hugely dangerous for the child involved, as the photo could end up anywhere, putting that child in a vulnerable position.

We think it’s really positive that David Cameron has acknowledged this ever-growing issue, and the implementation of teaching in schools will hopefully start to make a difference. Mr Cameron said, “I think we can do better in terms of sex and relationship education. I think we can add better guidance on some of the modern problems of cyber bullying, sexting. We need to deal with that”. Despite being a step in the right direction, with this in mind, is it a bit ‘too little too late’ now, so to speak? The issue of cyber bullying has been going on for a long time now, so the effectiveness of David Cameron’s proposal can be questioned. The ‘sexting’ culture in young teens has already started, and it might take a bit more than sex education to stop it altogether to make sure no more children are hurt. Astonishingly, a 17-year-old teenager called James told charity ChildLine, “sexting is pretty normal at my age. It seems like everyone’s doing it”.

On one hand, it’s a huge positive, if it is instigated soon, as teenagers will be taught the dangers of ‘sexting’ and the Internet, but the negative is that it might be too late, with a lot of damage already done. What are your thoughts? We’d love to hear them!

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Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2539473/Schools-teach-children-dangers-online-bullying-sexting-says-Cameron.html
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