A Review of Kelli Shiraldi’s Cyber Bullying: A Research Article Analysis

A Review of Kelli Shiraldi’s Cyber Bullying: A Research Article Analysis

It can be argued with a reasonable degree of certainty that the problems surrounding the birth of issue of cyber-bullying discussed in this Kelli Shirladi’s journal report brings attention to the problem in a manner that educates its readers. The problem addressed within the report proves instrumental in underscoring one’s own understanding of the seriousness of this issue. The author explores solutions clearly aimed at a combined effort to bring it under control. Arguably, most responsible citizens understand the role values play in decisions we make that impact ours and other people lives.

Historically, there have been many documented studies surrounding kids and the problems they face while growing up. Psychology.wikia.com defines the behavior of bullying as “the pressure by a peer group in encouraging a person to change their attitude, behavior and/or morals, to conform to, for example, the group’s actions, fashion sense, taste in music and television, or outlook on life (psychwiki.com).” This definition is important in helping bring home Shiraldi’s research intent. The study problem relates to pressures inflicted by younger members of our society on its peer through technology, which has been come to known as cyber bullying. The purpose of Shiraldi’s research is primarily aimed at identifying, analyzing and exploring cyber bullying and the social factor that influences it.

The design of the study targets according to Shriraldi focuses on the “influences of cyber-bullying, the characteristics of the participants, (based on sex, age, and socio-economic status) and the consequences for victims and bullies (2006).” The emphasis on the influences of technology in today’s more complex society highlights the premise surrounding the study and its finding. It is used by Shiraldi as the common denominator for the issues surrounding more modern forms of bullying used by today’s tech-savvy kids and young adults. As the research topic progresses, it becomes much clearer through support from five years of notable literature reviews the effect cyber bullying is having on the lives of society’s younger members. According to Shiraldi’s report, this is a method used by boys and girls alike to harms their peers in new ways.

In attempting to further delve into issues that have aided in increased cyber bullying, Shiraldi uses deductive reasoning by identifying the tormentors, analyzing the types of technological tools being used, and explores conditions that contribute to its seemingly unyielding rise. What was particularly astounding and providing support for Shiraldi’s report was the attention she gave to a five year literature review. By employing this research technigue, she explores efforts to “find out why cyber-bullying occurs, specifically identify its participants, and offers advice as to what can be done to stop teens from falling victims to this growing trend.” What was observed by Shiraldi and other literature reviews was evidence that roughly one in 17 teenagers who use the Internet on a regular basis will be harassed in some way (Huffaker, 2006).” The evidence supports the conclusion that bullying of this type can be far more damaging the any types of peer inflicted bullying we were familiar with in the past. This, according to Shiraldi added to anonymity helping to conceal the bully, makes cyber-bullying even harder for the victim. In moving from inductive logic to deductive logic Shiraldi uses the conclusion arrived at from her findings to use the evidence to bring attention to the seriousness of the matter and enlist feedback from readers and other professionals on how to proceed towards its demise. Loaded with plenty of evidence that explored demographics, ages of the participants, and the influences of technology, Shiraldi proves her point’s validity, and does so convincingly.

It become clear to the reader as Shiraldi continues to build support in her report that the study is both qualitative and quantitative. In researching the effect of attitudes through methods for conducting her research, Shiraldi use of a qualitative approach is evidenced in reliance on five years of literature reviews. She also employed quantitative research as well in where she generated statistics to support her study’s findings. These techniques proved useful development of her methodology for her research on cyber bullying.

According to Shiraldi’s report, “the use of the five year literature review was instrumental in helping to locate the most important and up to date articles in the field of sociology.” She also credits databases such as Pro-Quest, Sociological Abstracts, and Annual Sociological Review her collection of statistics and victim rates. Additionally she asserts that “research began with a general view of the Internet and how teens communicate. Research then branched off to the area of cyber-bullying.” The study delved deeply into diverse teen population, sampling young male and female participants. Her findings discovered that “although it seems that males dominate the world of bullying; technology has slowly begun to change that. Due to the advancement in computer technology (and cell phone use) girls are starting to get into the game of bullying.” Additionally, in an examination of age differences, it was discovered “the middle to high school years is when cyber-bullying is most likely to occur.” According to Shiraldi’s research findings, it seemed that “adolescence is a time when physical aggression increases in frequency and intensity; for this reason it has been labeled a ‘brutalizing period.’ The computer becomes a weapon or tool for inflicting irreparable harm on many unsuspecting teens. Shiraldi’s study shares findings that indicate, the victims are oblivious to the onslaught. The report notes; “the victim may not even be aware of the collective group that has formed to bully them. When the victim tries to avoid or block the bully online the bully is able to quickly create a new alias and continue the harassment and this can go on repeatedly.”
Overall, in my opinion, Shiraldi does a good job uncovering the issues that accompany cyber-bullying. Her report delves deep enough in to the teen social deviant behavior that gives the reader enough information to understand its seriousness. The emphasis she gives to our advancements in technology and the Internet helps the reader grasp the enormity of the social disorder that is becoming a newer form of tormenting by teens against teens. The urgency of behavioral professionals, educators, parents, and law enforcement to get involved is evident throughout the report. Additionally, the reference to awareness for parents and teacher is essential in preventing the effects of cyber-bullying. Anti-bullying websites are highlighted, along with an increased awareness and education for everyone who accesses the internet are formidable solutions, however, in my opinion, there should have been some reference to punishment for people who continue to abuse others using the social media.

From my experience, most teenagers will not take matters of this nature serious until it is too late. By the time most of them decide to wake up and accept responsibility for the emotional damage they inflicted on other, it is too late. There needs to be more emphasis placed on punishment of offenders. The sad reality is we can’t keep slapping the tormentors on the wrist and expecting this problem will somehow correct itself. Newer generations of cyber-bullying are grabbing the torch and repeatedly entering the race. The crime is clear, “communicating threats or inflicting harm to others is unlawful. Internet and technology should not be taken for granted in light of the laws teens break every time they harass another teen over and over. Adults can’t engage in any form of assault and expect to walk away. Why should teens be allowed to get away with cyber-bullying? The behavioral scientist who are releasing finding in reference to this issue must at some time enlist the services of our criminal justice system if we really want to see it go away. There should be consequences for this type of crime in society and the tormentors should be prosecuted and punishment.

In our modern society, the general notion arguably is humans beings possess a free will to commit acts aimed at tormenting other individuals. Teens yielding to peer-pressure will band together and commit acts against the rules of law because they want to be popular or feel superior to teens that don’t share their ideas and values. It can be argued that young boys join gangs in some instances for the similar gratification. Gangs who violate laws or assaults another gang member is pursued for violating the law. Why cyber bullies shouldn’t be dealt the same hand. Research on crime causation can prove helpful in addressing this very serious phenomenon that we call cyber-bullying. It is a crime and the criminal justice system counselors, officer, judges, and lawyers should assist in addressing it has a violation of our standards of law. In conducting some research into crime causation, R. Roshier’s book titled Controlling Crime. His generally ties any behavior to “choice theories (Roshier, 1989).” His theory believes people who choose to take the law into their own hands or break the law are clearly at the controls. They decide to engage in criminal acts freely and clearly. Further examination of Roshier’s premise asserted choice theories are calculated and holds some core ideas which include: (1) people freely choose all their behavior; that motives such as greed, revenge, need, anger, lust, jealousy, thrill-seeking, and vanity are just expressions of free will or at least expressions of personal choice, conclusion, or decision making that people have made; (2) choices can be controlled by fear of punishment; because people weigh the potential benefits and consequences of crime, some people concluding that the risk of punishment is worth the satisfaction of crime Roshier, (1989.).”
People make good choices about their lives every day. We pay our taxes, report to our jobs, drive the speed limits, and participate in many facets of our lives that are associated with rules without committing criminal acts. Deciding how we respond to circumstances that accompany our lives and obeying the rules of law are intertwined clearly in the importance we put on ethics and values. Kelli Shiraldi does an outstanding job uncovering the issues surrounding cyber-bullying. The only thing I feel like she should have spent more time on was fixing the behavior and it is clear that the criminal justice system can help.

Huffaker, D. (2006). Teen Blogs Exposed: The Private Lives of Teens Made Public. Retrieved from www.davidhuffaker.com/papers/Huffaker-2006-AAAS-Teen_Blogs.pdf

Roshier, R. (1989). Controlling Crime (Rev Ed.). Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books

Shiraldi, K. (2008). Cyber-Bullying: The New Generation of Mean. College of Saint Elizabeth Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 2(2), 1-2. Retrieved from http://www.cse.edu/dotAsset/108444.pdf