Here is a rough outline of my essay (some body paragraphs will most likely be changed as I go):
Cyber bullying is a form of bullying that has been taking place a lot more in middle and high schools because of the improvement of technology and increased usage of social media networks. Something that has not really been established in these schools are punishments. Do you know if your middle school or high school had a punishment for this? Exactly. It is not very common for schools to have cyber bullies suspended. Not because of it being hard for them to get away with it, but because schools may not realize how serious of an issue this really is. Middle schools and high schools should have students who act as bullies on the internet suspended from school to teach them a lesson on what they are doing is wrong. Many students have taken their own lives because of another student saying something harmful to them online, and this needs to stop. I think that cyber bullies of middle school and high school ages should be punished because they will finally understand that what they are doing is wrong.
1. People say that online bullying is easier to get away with than bullying in person. This may be true but this paragraph with give reasons why people shouldn’t think this.
2. Why do teens who see cyber bullying occur right in front of them on their Twitter news feeds but do nothing to stop it?
3.Why girls are more likely to be bullied online than in person.
4. Several stories of kids who have been cyber bullied and what has been done to stop it.
5.Refutation (Counter Argument): Maybe it’s not the school board that the blame should be put on rather than te parents should deal with them. It is their kids so why not have the parents get involved and try to stop their children from being bullies? Some may say “it’s no one else’s business on what the do on the internet” but some parents may feel hurt that their child could actually do that.
Possible websites to use for research:
CNN (they have a whole page of articles about Cyber bullying)
Cyber bullying laws (pdf with a full list of laws in each State)