Essays on Technology and Culture

How the Internet Has Changed Bullying

Before the Internet, bullying ended when you withdrew from whatever environment you were in. But now, the bullying dynamic is harder to contain and harder to ignore. If you’re harassed on your Facebook page, all of your social circles know about it; as long as you have access to the network, a ceaseless stream of notifications leaves you vulnerable to victimhood.

— How the Internet Has Changed Bullying – The New Yorker

Frightening. As a victim of bullying, the Internet used to provide an avenue of escape from the horrors of real life. For bullied kids growing up now, there is no escape. The Internet is real life. “Cyber-bullying” is as real as schoolyard bullying. The sooner we adults realize this, the better.