Impact of cyberbullying

by Maudeb on November 13, 2013 - 5:21pm


The first article attracts me because I wanted to know what makes people have a lower self-esteem in cyberbullying. The other article also attracts me because they are not only talking about self-esteem but also about other consequences or effects of cyberbullying.

In the first article, the authors study the relationship between middle school students’ experience with cyberbullying and their level of self-esteem. After a work, he found that person victims of cyberbullying have lower self-esteem. But there is not only the victim that has a lower self-esteem. The offender is in the same situation. The authors define cyberbullying as “willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.” As the majority of people the authors support that cyberbullying is on social networking like Facebook, Twitter, etc. The authors mention that “Adolescence is a time when identity development is particularly important.” This period of time represents when people are old enough to exclude bad people of their lives. By doing this teenagers develop their identity. The definition of self-esteem that the authors give us is “One’s belief as to his or her personal value and affected by one’s participation in the social world.” In this article we see that being victim of bullying or cyberbullying decrease the self-esteem or that those people who have lower self-esteem are more likely to be intimidated. The authors mention that “Studies have found evidence to suggest that bullies tend to have both higher and lower self-esteem than nonbullies.” In this article there is also study proving that victim of cyberbullying are much more than the offenders.

In the second article, the author mentions that cyberbullying have serious impact on self-esteem. This article includes survey saying that cyberbullying can be only an experience (happen one time), an extreme experience and also people who are frequently bullied online. The author also talks about a survey that rate on 10 the impact of cyberbullying had on their self-esteem. Teenagers answer that it affects 7.5 on 10 their lives. The author also suggests that the government should put more energy on their relationship with social networks.

The relation between the two articles is that on internet website we can’t find another article only about cyberbullying and self-esteem. The author of this article doesn’t only focus on the lower self-esteem of cyberbullying’s victims. We can see that there is much more details in the first article. The only thing that they have in common is that cyberbullying have a negative impact on self-esteem. People have less confidence in themselves. The first article is about a study while the other one is about a survey. A study is much more reliable than a survey. Beyond that, it is very difficult to make a connection between those articles.




Works Cited

Patchin, Justin W., and Sameer Hinduja. “Cyberbullying and Self-Esteem” Journal of School Health 80.12 (2010): 614-621. Academic Search Premier.                              Web. 13 Nov. 2013.

Justin W. Patchin is a professor of Criminal Justice in department of Political Science. He is also Co-Director of Cyberbullying Research Center. Therefore, it proves that he is an expert in this subject. Sameer Hinduja is an assistant professor in department of Criminalogy and Criminal Justice. He works with schools, parents, teenagers, and business to minimize online victimization. He also wrote a book named “Bullying beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying”. So, that information is supporting that he is a professional in this issue.


Evans, Becky. “One in five young people suffer 'extreme cyber-bullying' every day    with Facebook accounting for more than half of the abuse” Daily mail 2      October 2013. Web. 13 Nov. 2013.

I would not consider this source reliable because the author writes about several different topics. But in her article she mentioned things that I already see around me. So, by experiences I can say that the information she gives are true.



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