Re Online Services Responsible for an Increase in Bullying and Harassment? Responses

Write three individual statements for the three responses below.
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Who do you feel made the better argument, and why? (Who presents the more compelling facts, reasons, etc.?)
After reading the two different arguments from Penny A. Leisring and Amanda Lenhart about the idea of online services having a impact on increasing bullying and harassment, I believe Amanda Lenharts argument was the better of the two. I found that Penny Leisring had some good points for her argument but felt Lenhart had more facts and details that made her argument better. Lenhart provided percentages of teenagers being harassed, how of how they were being harassed, and much more. All her percentages, details, and statistics basically proved her pint that online services do make it easier to get bullied or harassed, but online services on its own are not the reason for more harassment. Harassment and bullying happens just as much in person as it does on the internet.
Where you do stand on this issue, and why?
When it comes to my own opinion on this issue, I believe that bullying and harassment happen both online and in person. I do not believe that online services cause harassment to increase, they just make it easier. The only people that are harassed on a regular basis are the young teens who spent every second on facebook. Most stalkers on facebook, harass young girls because they find out that they are always online. If you are online less you will get bullied less, and another factor is how you act and your reputation. If your a young teen that is easy to hangout with, of coarse young males will bother you because they know that your Easy”. Therefore, i dont think that online services alone make it easier but the way individuals act and portray themselves does.
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Who do you feel made the better argument, and why? (Who presents the more compelling facts, reasons, etc.?)
After reading both arguments, I believe that Penny. A. Leisring made the best argument. She discussed how stalking became very easy due to information and provided on social networks and how communication technologies are influencing the way people monitor and harass one another. She brought up the incident that happened with Randi Barber and Gary Dellapenta. Randi Barber and Gary went to the same church. Randi declined Garyas a?romantic overturesa? Gary pretend to be Randi in chat rooms and provided her home address and phone number online. He also told them how to break into her apartment and bypass her home security. He told these men that Randi that she likes for men to be forced on to her and she has fantasies about men raping her, giving these strangers to urge to come to her house. Six men were knocking on Randi door in the middle of the night and she was receiving phone calls from these men. Randi begin to lose weight, 36 pounds, she lost her job and moved out of her apartment. Gary Dellapenta was sentenced to 6 years in prison for stalking and soliciting others to commit rape.
With this case being re-told, it shows how social networks or communication through technology, influences people to take certain actions. Gary knowing all of Randias information, he was able to put it on the social networks and spread the word extremely fast. Another huge issue with social networks is not knowing who is providing the information. Gary went into a chat room and was basically perpetrating a fraud. The men online believed it was Randi giving out her personal business and fantasies, but it was really Gary doing all this dirty work. You can trust no one on the internet unless you personally know these people. Even with that, itas also hard what to believe.
Where you do stand on this issue, and why?
I believe social networks are a huge cause of harassment and bullying. Itas easy to make a hate blog about someone in school, record someone sexually without them knowing and posting it on a porn site or a popular urban media site like worldstarhiphop. Social networks are supposed to be for communication between friends and family and also creating new connections with strangers for networking or personal interest. People provide information they are comfortable sharing. Sometimes itas a little too much. This allows people to know where you live, where youare from, your pictures and whatever you decided to share. Honestly, some people just provide too much information, and this are the same ones that will end up in a situation thatas degrading. Individuals just need to learn how not to share so much about themselves but when someone dislikes you, they will find anything to use against you. Itas a very complex issue that occurring.
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The debate a?Are Online Services Responsible for an Increase in Bullying and Harassmenta? includes information on the relation between online technology and an increase in cyberbullying and harassment. The learning outcomes presented in this argument consists of being able to understand the ways in which current technology contributes to bullying and negative behavior, as well as understanding that a good majority of online harassment may be unintentional. Children and teenagers may not realize that they are personally attacking or hurting another personas feelings through their words on the internet. This is why it is important to evaluate how individuals are reacting over the internet. It helps prevent cyberbullying and gives a better understanding what exactly constitutes as unwanted behavior (Alexander, Hanson, 2014, pg. 367). The question at hand here is whether or not online services, such as social networking, email, and cellphone spamming, are responsible for an increase in bullying and harassment. Penny A. Leisring argues yes, while Amanda Lenhart argues no.
Leisring argues that stalking is made easier when technology is available. According to Leisring (2014), a?information and communication technologies are influencing the way people monitor and harass one anothera? (Alexander, Hanson, pg. 371). On the opposing side, Lenhart argues that while it is true that bullying does exist over the internet, more teens report being bullied offline than online. While both individuals make interesting arguments, Leisring makes the better argument. The reason for this is because she backs up her opinions. She includes case studies, such as the Randi Barber story, which are eye-opening to the reader. According to Leisring (2014), a?cyber stalking is a?easier and less riskya to engage in than more traditional offline forms of stalkinga? (Alexander, Hanson, pg. 371). A lot of cyber bullying and stalking exists when the perpetrator knows the victim. It is not difficult for these individuals to obtain pictures of their victims through social media websites. Also, these websites document what people are doing. Victims may include children, young and old, ex-significant others, family members, and strangers. The reason why Leisring makes a better argument is because she includes information on the types of stalking with technology, post-intimate stalking and intimate partner violence, and the characteristics of stalkers. Also, the effects on the victims and preventative measures are included in her argument.
On this issue, in my opinion, it is clear that stalking is much easier with the availability of technology. Social networking sites, such as Facebook, are not private and anyone may view another individuals profile and pictures. Iave never had to personally deal with this issue, but I know of others that have. While cyberbullying and stalking is a serious matter, I donat see social networking or other online technologies going away any time soon. As a result, preventative steps must be made in order to decrease the bullying.