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Deleting Cyber Bullying: A Solution
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Bullying is a behavioral issue. Cyberbullying is just an extension of that behavioral issue. When an individual bullies, it is because they do not know how to respond in a rational manner to stimulation. This in turn stimulates others in negative ways creating a cascade effect that can result in horrible things like school shootings and suicide. And those are worst case. The problem with cycberbullying is that it is so much harder to notice than regular bullying. This is the reason why cyberbullying needs to be deleted.
Behavioral analysis is the process of analyzing a behavior to find out why it takes place. Behavioral modification is the process of teaching an individual to change his or her behavior to those causes (antecedents) of negative behavior. The reality of the matter is that bullies are more often than not individuals who have experienced or are experiencing antecedents that they are responding poorly to. This then leads to bullying and cyberbullying. Which in turn creates antecedents for those students who are the target of the bullying. This also in turn leads to more negative behavior. The bullies and the bullied are both subjected to antecedents that result in further bad behavior.
The issue at hand is how to resolve this issue. Fortunately, there has been a lot of research done in the area of behavioral modification. The bullies and the bullied could be taught how to change their responses to these bad situations or events. In this way students are able to learn a lesson that takes many people a life time to learn. That no matter what life throws at you, you are the master of your own destiny. The problem with this is identifying those students who are dealing with behavioral problems. Sure, applying behavioral analysis is simple enough, but without identifying those students in need this is a moot point.
Fortunately, further research has shown that identification of students with behavioral disorders and needs. At the beginning of 2012, Kathleen Lane published a screening tool called the "Student Risk Screening Scale" which studies have proven the effectiveness it has in identifying those students who are in need. Lane has made it public domain so that teachers, administrators, and school psychologists can apply it towards helping their students. The best part is that this tool is free and so simple to use that anyone can apply it with minimal training. It takes very little time to apply it as well.
The Free Tool
Cyberbullying is incredibly harmful. It harms more than just the bullied and perpetuates a chain of events that causes further damage. Cyberbullying needs to be deleted and here is how. The tools are on hand. The knowledge of how to resolve the issue is with us. Now all we need to do is apply this knowledge.