Blog 8

Prompt: Using your annotated sources from prompts 6 and 7, write a 300-500 word blog post defending the position opposing the one you are taking in essay 2. In addition to meeting the minimum word count, your response should be grammatically correct, be organized appropriately, and be focused on one main idea. It should also include a qualified thesis statement, and a works cited page.

Many people today in society has a cell phone, laptop, or some sort of internet device. With technology developing as fast as it is, there are many consequences to the use of technology. Teens and adults alike are dealing with cyberbullies and the harm that their words can do. Even though this is a serious issue to today’s society, many people do not understand the importance of the psychological damage cyberbullies can do.  

In the opposing article written by Dan Olweus, he states that “cyberbullying made in the media and elsewhere are greatly exaggerated and have little empirical scientific support” (Olweus,2012). Dan Olweus, during his studies, figured out that when you look closely into cyberbullying scientifically it has not been given the recognition it should have. Dan Owleus’s article about cyberbullying has had many schools participate in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP). While in the OBPP students were asked to participate in the Olweus Bullying Questionnaire (OBQ). Even though the students had taken the OBQ, the results showed that the student population of cyberbullying is close to the same as cyberbullying nationally.  

After the students completed a revised version of the OBQ, students have made their definition of cyberbullying. Even though we count cyberbullying as one person using their popularity, or power, to make another person feel bad about themselves. “we don’t call it bullying when the teasing is done in a friendly and playful way. Also, it is not bullying when two students of about the same strength or power argue or fight” (Owleus, 2012).  

Dan’s article is well written with many results of his questionnaire to back up his information about cyberbullying, and I agree with his statement that cyberbullying can be exaggerated but it should not be ignored. I also like the addition of the graphs to show the statistics. 

Olweus D. “Cyberbullying: An Overrated Phenomenon?” European Journal of    Developmental Psychology, vol. 9, no. 5, 2012, pp. 520–538., doi:10.1080/17405629.2012.682358.

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