Cyberbullying major problem, and many people don’t experience

Cyberbullying is no secret in our society. We know that cyberbullying has had numerous impacts on people, but did you know that bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider committing suicide? About 58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online (dosomething,org). 5 out of 10 victims said it has happened to them more than once. This tells you that more people have been cyberbullied than you think. Some people believe that cyberbullying is not a major problem, and many people don’t experience it but they are wrong. Cyberbullying is a major problem within our society that has a detrimental effect on teenagers all around the world. 
As most of us know, “cyberbullying is the transmission of cruel or hateful texts or images using the internet or other devices such as cell phones.”  Rumors are likely to be spread by others via different social media websites. Things such as stalking, bullying, threats, harassment, humiliation and impersonation are all different examples of cyberbullying. Approximately half of cyberbully victims are also victims of face-to-face bullying—which also has strong affects on ones life. Cyberbullying can occur in many different places but it is a major conflict within schools. Studies found in 2006 that 45% of preteens and 30% of teens are cyberbullied during school hours (Prevent Bullying Guide, 20). This shows how students in the classroom have the ability to bully people on interactive school websites along with social media profiles. 
Everyone has a chance of becoming a victim of cyberbullying. It is pretty simple to classify who is the victim and who is the abuser. The abusers are most likely to be older than the victim, but to always. But most of the time that is how it is just because the abuser feels bigger and better than the victim. Some cyberbullies and victims could be complete strangers, but most often they know each other. The cyberbullying sometimes chooses to work within a group of people, which makes it difficult to identify the main abuser. Cyberbullies have many different goals and reasons behind why they do this. Sometimes cyberbullies may feel they are protecting a friend who might be under attack or a target of someone else. Then other times they may not realize what they are doing and how it will affect them later on. 
There are a variety of different consequences of cyberbullying for the bully. These can include being suspended from school or being removed from sports teams and school organizations. Depending upon the acts and motives of the bully, there can be legal consequences aswell. Both civil lawsuits and criminal charges can be brought against the bullies. These charges can include acts of harassment, intentional infliction of emotional pain, negligence and vicarious liability (iKeepSafe.org). Depending upon what happens to the victim as a direct result of the bullying, criminal charges can also be brought. Some charges associated with cyberbullying include hate crimes, impersonation, harassment and multiple violations under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (nobullying.com). Currently, there are no national laws specifically tackling the issue of cyberbullying. However, many states have put anti-bullying laws into effect. These laws vary from state to state, but all agree on what cyberbullying is and the legal consequences with being the bully. Penalties for cyberbullying also vary from state to state.
Cyberbullying is a major problem within our society and school systems, negatively effecting teenagers. Remember,  cyberbullying causes many conflicts such as self-harm, low self-esteem, depression and eventually lead to suicide. “3 million kids per month are absent from school due to bullying. 20% of kids cyberbullied think about suicide, and 1 in 10 attempt it. 4500 kids commit suicide each year. Suicide is the No. 3 killer of teens in the US” (cuberbullyhotline.com).I need to be aware of the things I say to people in person and online because sometimes I don’t realize the affect is has on a person’s life.