Colleen Curran English 1102 Robert Arnold 5/9/2011 Dear Asa Davidsson, Hello!

I have recently read over your blog “Who Should Take the Responsibi lity for Adolescent Cyberbullying?” I believe that you made many valid points thro ugh out your argument concerning this issue in today’s society. Although I found y our article very intriguing, I did disagree with some aspects of your opinion. T o summarize your blog, I agree with almost everything said, up until the ending. I strongly agree with your statement, “The lawlessness of the internet, it’s potent ial for casual, breathtaking cruelty, and its capacity to cloak a bully’s identity all present slippery new challenges for kids and parents” ( Davidsson). I found t his quote to be almost accurately the same to how I myself see cyberbullying as an issue in society. Cyberbullyng like you said is a growing epidemic that can a ffect children at all hours of the day. I understand where you were coming from when you wrote, “ ...the common thread running through all of them is the parents’ h elplessness and frustration about the school’s inability and reluctance to interve ne and proactively protect the students” (Davidsson). Although I understand your a rgument that you are presenting, I do not agree with it one hundred percent. I f eel as though you put most of the responsibility on the school administration, w hen in my opinion the responsibility should lie with not only the schools, but a lso with parenting. In my point of view, schools, like you said are responsible for teaching children knowledge about cyberbullying. But I also feel like you cast to much r esponsibility on the school administration system. A quote that I strongly disag ree with that you wrote is, “Yes, a large chunk of responsibility lies with the parents. It even start s outside the boarders of technology by simply raising mindful and responsible children. However, even if parents got that part right in addition to restr icting, monitoring, discussing, and educating themselves and their children about safe and responsible Internet use, the school’s also have responsibility to ensure their internet resources are not used for cyberbullying”. (Davidsson ). I disagree with this quote of yours because I feel like the validity of it does not hold up. Children are taught morals and values while growing up in their hom e. I feel that if a child is educated at home about the dangers of the internet they will know the rights and wrongs of computer use no matter what setting they are put in A child learns proper etiquette from their parents, which then allow s them to interact in society. An article that I found that I believe supports m y claim states, “ Although cyberbullying can and does originate on school propert y via computers located in classrooms or the library, more often than not, cyber bullying takes place at home” ( Riccardi). This article backs up the claim that cy berbullying is not only an issue for school systems, but also parents. Parents n eed to be able to spot the signs that their child is being bullied, and or is th e bully. Being taught about proper internet etiquette at home will help attribut e to the knowledge of children in the long run. Parents should be pushing to help steer their children away from this gr owing epidemic because children feel more comfortable talking with family member s, over school administrators. A survey taken shows, “43% of teens have been victi ms”( Media) , but, “Only 10% of bullying victims tell their parents” (Media). With the number of victims growing in today’s society parents should be encouraging their children to talk over any issues they are having with them. Children feel a sens e of connection to their parents and are more likely to share personal informati on with them over a stranger. With numbers as low as 10%, it is even less likel y that children will be open to sharing their issues with school administrators. I feel as though parents play a vital role in stoping cyberbullying just by mak ing themselves available to their children. The children will not always have te

achers or people with school authority around to help them, but they will always have their parents. With willingness to open up with parents, much of this unne cessary bullying will rapidly decrease with time. Do not get me wrong though, I feel thats schools should take on just as much responsibility as the parents do when it comes to education of cyberbullyin g. I feel that in your article, you just put all the responsibility on the schoo ls and none on any other factors. In the same article backing parents support ag ainst cyberbullying, a quote states, “ The most harmful incidents of cyberbullying involve extensive online harmful actions taken at home that impact school, beca use school is where the students are physically together” (Riccardi). Riccardi ma kes a good point when he says that school is where the students come together. T hey can no longer hide behind their virtual identities that they have when they are online. This is were the school must take action. In your blog I like when y ou wrote, “A majority of schools require students to use individual login details to access the Internet” ( Riccardi). This showed me that you did agree that the sc hools have taken some action against cyberbullying. I feel as though the schools in today’s society need to start educating children at younger ages about the cau ses and effects of cyberbullying. I feel that this would help children to gain k nowledge that some do not receive at home from parents. I feel that this would a lso lay out the rules that would be put into affect. This would some what warn t he students what would be acceptable and what would not. Schools should take action against any type of bullying going on during their hours, in order to maintain order among their educational environment. Whe n it comes to schools I understand this is a tricky subject in our society today . Where does the line get crossed between responsibility lying on the parents of the school systems? This is a common questioned asked multiple times each day. Evidence has found that, “Since cyber-bullying usually impacts one student’s emotion al well being and does not affect the larger school environment, students may be unable to rely on their school to protect them if cyber-bullying happens outsid e of school, which in most cases it does” (Grome). I feel as though schools apply only minimal effort to protect their students. They do not go beyond their scho ol lines when it comes to protecting students well being. I feel that this is a big issue that you did not address in your article. Schools should be willing to go above and beyond in order to protect any wrong doings they see going on with students or staff. If they are notified they should address the issues as soon as possible in order to protect not only their population, but also the schools integrity. School is a place were students should feel safe and welcome. I feel as though if school’s begin to crack down on bullying, there will be less issues a rising off campus as well. Cyberbullying has gone on for far to long now and we both understand thi s fact. After reading your blog I have come to the conclusion that we are both s eeking the same goal, to help prevent cyberbullying in the future. We have the s ame goal, but two different view points. I feel as though it should be a conjoin t task between parents and school administration systems to stop this issue. Fro m reading your blog I have received the feeling that you see most of the blame g oing towards the school systems alone. I have provided sufficient evidence to th e point that I feel I may have opened your eyes to see my perspective. I feel as though our two ideas together would help bring a great movement against the act of cyberbullying. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Sincerely, Colleen Curran