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16
12
Harmful. Not harmful
Debate Score:28
Arguments:25
Total Votes:28
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Is Cyberbullying as harmful as it seems or more harmful?

Harmful.

Side Score: 16
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Not harmful

Side Score: 12
2 points

Well I'm kind of in the middle. It is bullying there's no question . just because harassment doesn't happen in person doesn't make it not harassment. However unlike in real life bullying kids can choose NOT to go online or on websites they're being bullied on. In many cases they can also just block the person as most social media has that option. So it doesn't seem like that big a deal to me considering those are viable options

Side: Harmful.
2 points

I think blocking may help but that doesn't stop the bully from continuing to talk to peers which could escalate the problem. It could make school life unbearable to have a person slandering and bullying a person online, posting pictures or just plain harassing them, and then having fellow students continue the harassment face to face. In that sense I guess it'd be better to know what is being said about you so you can fight back or, I guess if you want to go a legal route, collect evidence.

Honestly I don't think I'd allow my kids to have a hand in social media, the amount of faceless hate is just abysmal and when it involves a kid? They really don't have the maturity to handle it.

Side: Harmful.

That's a valid point. The somewhat anonymity that comes with being online can embolden people to say things way worse than they otherwise would. Though cyberbullying can never become physical.

I guess at the end of the day bullying is bullying whether online or in person. It's all bad

Side: Harmful.
1 point

The biggest bully in America is Barack Obama but Democrats have a disconnect with that.

Side: Harmful.
1 point

OBVIOUSLY.

Inflict physical pain on someone. Sure it may hurt for a week or two but the damage will probably go to only your body.

But cyber bullying is different on a whole other level.

We're talking about being mentally scarred for the rest of your life.

The bruises and scars on the body don't match the bruises and scars in your heart. Those hurt infinite time more.

Side: Harmful.
SatintLater(283) Disputed
1 point

in which case the person is too fragile for the real world OR the internet.

Side: Not harmful
SQUIRTLE(6) Disputed
2 points

Maybe but even the most strongest person (mentally) can be brought down by direct attacks from many people. And we're talking about the internet where there are millions of people online.

Some nasty comments from passerbys are easy to shake off but persistant attacks from people who are on to make your life miserable is harmful whether the person is too fragile for the internet or not.

Side: Harmful.
1 point

Definitely harmful, but it is safer than face to face confrontations.

At least if you snap with Cyberbullying, the stronger party wont snap the other person's neck.

Side: Harmful.
1 point

From my perspective Of bullying whether online or not is still bullying. I'm sure there those of us who have read about situations where people have human contact and because of physical bullying and now cyber bullying people have taken their own lives and no one should have to be pushed to that point to where people have made them feel life isn't worth living. The lack of morality in America at least to me seems awfully shameful. I watch tragic pranks being pulled on adolescents, young kids and the people surrounding them not showing any compassion but simply laughing there behind's off.

In my younger days I did not avoid all the bullying but I did avoid a lot of it because the brothers that came out of my family all fought physically so what I would do would invite these individuals out of that bullying crowd someplace secluded where it was just me and him I was fortunate enough to win pretty much all of those encounters.

Side: Harmful.
2 points

Don't know about you people in the interwebz, but I grew up with this notion that sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will harm the pussies. so....where is the harm? self esteem? I mean, I've had to deal with trolls, I AM a troll. and I could write the nastiest thing to you I possibly could. I'm just some dude on the internet. and in this world where I'm anonymous, I'm impersonal. you can block me, make me less than human by not even acknowledging my existence. and, if you knew me personally, you'd have the capability to be like "What an asshole" and Jog on.

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How is that harmful at all? or is this a product of snowflake syndrome?

Side: Not harmful
ProLogos(2798) Disputed
1 point

I think it's fair to say that not everyone can be like you.

Some people are wired to care more. If that makes sense.

Side: Not harmful
SatintLater(283) Disputed
2 points

if one can't stand criticism from strangers it is their responsibility to get off the internet then. I will not shape my personality or opinions to cater to their thin skin. knowing one's limits is therefore crucial. For them to be wired different, it means that they should inherently have no appeal to exist on social media, and social media should not cater to them unless it is profitable to do so. I shouldn't be afraid to say "Your music is awful" it is my opinion. as most "Bullying" is. for example it can be my opinion that you are a fat gorilla of a man with hairy palms and that your mother was your father's sister. clearly, I'm saying one of those things because I want to hurt you, and you have lost more by responding, more by considering it a threat or insult then simply laughing at how true/untrue it is.

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Social media is meant for the sharing of thoughts, the exit from echochambers and an expression of self, if you are so fragile in matters of self that some rando on the internet, and or something that somone in the real world say can make you feel worthless, (to the potential of suicide) then get the fuck off the internet, and maybe go get psychological help. as the internet is an environment that will not shape to you, it's a dose of reality. whatever you do, whatever you say, and whatever you look like, there will always be someone who is the opposite extreme and someone wants to do you harm. on the internet the worst they can do is silence your voice or bite at your emotions. so long as that, does not transition to true real world violence, nothing needs done about it. unless it's slanderous. in which case the law can sort it out. All else is the individual's responsibility to deal with.

Side: Harmful.
1 point

It's as harmful as it seems, which is harmful... >.>

Where is the option for this?

Side: Not harmful
ProLogos(2798) Clarified
1 point

Lol.

Side: Harmful.
1 point

I've never been bullied, cyber or otherwise, so I am not sure.

I CAN say the question like most of yours is stupid, and impossible to answer. How would anybody be able to give a comprehensive answer to it? Since nobody is privy to knowing ALL the people who have been cyber bullied at one time or another in their lives?

Answer: they wouldn't know. It's like asking "Are bad childhoods as harmful as they seem or more harmful?"

LOL

See what I mean? Impossible question. Too many open parameters. Too many variables. Too many unknown factors and quantities. All one could do in the way of answer is relate their own experiences. Which is a partial and incomplete answer at best.

OK...go ahead and ban me now Rufus.

SS

ps...I see you changed your educational status on your bio page to say that you are currently attending college? what are you gonna major in? what sort of degree are you going for? Is it a 4 year or a CC? I sort of pic you as the CC type but I could be wrong. congrats.

Side: Not harmful
ProLogos(2798) Disputed
1 point

Why would I ban you for giving a reasonable response?

Well except for the intellectual dishonesty, I CAN say the question like most of yours is stupid, , it is reasonable.

Side: Harmful.
SlapShot(2607) Clarified
1 point

Sorry, but to me asking things like if cops have the right to kill or why the photo-shopped ads, or the Cyber bully thing is pretty dumb.

Or at least very naive.

How old are you? Seriously. I'm guessing late teens or early 20s?

I don't really expect you to answer. You seem the type to worry about giving out too much personal info, as are many here. I never could understand that. When I was a mod on DDO I once gave a guy my phone number at work here at school so a guy could call me and I could let him speak with a rather famous friend of mine who works with me, but the other DDO member did not believe was really my mate.

Oh well. I guess it's a confidence thing, eh?

Side: Harmful.
1 point

I think that most people that experience this are complete idiots when it comes to "Cyber-bullying" because they are petty little teenagers who are blending in with the rest of the population.

If you make the decision to go onto social media and get into that mess, then you deal with what the hell is thrown at you!

Example: Oh no Stacey and all of her friends keep saying horrible things to me on Twitter!! I will just "IGNORE" it.

THAT is where it goes wrong they just sit there and act like they are ignoring it when really in the back of there idiotic heads that is all they think about when instead all you have to do is either A) block the bitches or B) delete the damn thing!!!!

YOU CAN AVOID IT IF YOU STAY OFF OF IT OR BE SMART !! BLOCK THEM AND JUST DON'T GIVE A FUCK ABOUT WHAT THEY SAY AND STOP BEING AN IGNORANT LITTLE LIBERAL. (:

Honestly guys, people kill themselves over their own decisions. Idiots.

Side: Not harmful
ProLogos(2798) Disputed
1 point

Instead of just YELLING AT THEM TO AVOID IT when they clearly have nothing better to do with their time, how's about you give them something to help them avoid it?

Their boredom is the culprit. If they could think of something better to do then they wouldn't be getting cyberbullied to begin with.

Side: Harmful.