When I was in the 8th grade a friend of mine attempted suicide, I am happy to say that she was not successful. But before she had even attempted suicide I should have seen the signs because she had slowly started drifting from her friends, her family and other people close to her. She changed the way she looked at herself, other people, and the overall world. Depression is one of the largest known symptoms or effects of bullying in general.But before this happened I was never taught of the signs that someone was going to or thinking of commiting suicide. After this I had some much questions like what about the other people who have been successful with there suicide plans. What could their schools have done that would have stopped them from committing suicide? What could have their families done to stop them from committing suicide? These are questions that should have been asked before they decide to take their own life. I can’t understand how people could be so callous to other people feelings. The effect of cyberbullying is immutable. Many people believe the effect of cyberbullying is fabricated. Cyberbullying can sometimes be abstruse to understand. Everyone remembers the day when someone pointed out something about you to everyone that you didn’t want anyone to know about. In that moment you wished you could have just disappeared but like most things, people forget about it. But imagine that thing about you being posted everywhere and not only the people at your school knowing about it how would you feel. That is how students who have been cyberbullied feel like there’s nowhere for them to hide. For years, Physical, mental and emotional bullying has been a consistent problem for young people attending school. Yet the rapid growth of the Internet has redefined how students pick on one another. In today’s time period, bullying is not only done in school but at home as well. The students not only have to deal with bullying at school, but they also have to deal with it at home online. Mr. Ryan, you must establish that cyberbullying is unacceptable and that people will be punished because its victims may deal with low self- esteem, experience physical symptoms, and struggle academically or worse attempt suicide. “The saying, if sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me was ever true, it sure isn’t true today” (Gaul, 2010). Bullying in and out of schools is getting out of control. Statistics have shown that one-third of teens are bullied at school and 4 percent also report that they were also victims of cyberbullying (Bullying Statistics, 2009). Parents really need to take a stand against bullying to help prevent it and to stop it. Parents need to be a part of the solution, not the problem. There are some parents who think that bullying in schools is just “a part of the school” and that if they could get through it so can their kids, which is complete nonsense they didn’t have to take the bullying at home. We are in a different generation from our parent a generation that our parent at times doesn’t seem to understand. Parents need to understand that the generation their kids live in is very different from theirs. People who are being cyberbullied will at some point deal with low self-esteem and suicidal thoughts. One of the reasons cyberbullying needs to stop is because it has caused many students to commit or attempt suicide. 20% of kids being cyberbullied think about suicide, and 1 in 10 attempts it. 4500 kids commit suicide each year. Suicide is the Number three killer of teens in the US (Sam Laird 2013). Cyberbullying has become a serious problem which has taken the lives of many students’. Many students like Amanda Todd have committed suicide because of cyberbullying, but like her and many others, this could have been prevented. Todd was a 16-year-old girl who started getting cyberbullied after she flashed a stranger on camera. A picture of her topless was made into a Facebook profile. Todd had attempted suicide once and failed and when that got around, she was bullied even worse than before. Six months later, Amanda was found dead in her apartment, and evidence showed it was a suicide. Not only was she cyberbullied; she was also stalked and physically assaulted at school. Cyberbullying does not just happen on a screen, it can reach out and spread into the real world. What people need to understand is that cyberbullying isn’t something that can be taken lightly because it has taken so many students lives. Cyberbullying has become a serious problem for young people and can cause long-term damage to victims and bullies. It jeopardizes the lives of many students. It is worse than in school bullying because if you are being bullied at school you can just leave the negative words or actions that were done to you. Research examines the harm caused by cyberbullying media in comparison to traditional bullying found that although most forms of cyberbullying were rated as having a similar impact, pictures and video clips were perceived to cause much greater harm than traditional bullying. 3 million kids per month are absent from school due to bullying ( Azaria Gonzalez 2013). I think this is because the student is forced to take the bullying a place they once felt safe in. A few laconic words are the only thing someone has to do with ruining someone’s day or even life. Although some people think that an easier approach will just be to delete your social networks you have in order for the cyberbullying to stop. However, deleting your networking sites tells the bully that he or she has won and that you have given up. It also gives the bully an opportunity to create a fake profile and pretends to be you on it. Deleting your social media can make some feel isolated from the world because today’s world is centered around social media. People need to understand that cyberbullying does not only affect one person but many others. Cyberbullying can affect everyone from superstars to college students or middle school students. Anyone can say anything online because they feel like they would get in trouble. If someone is caught cyberbullying they should get in trouble. Cyberbullying is a malevolent thing to do. Cyberbullying is not something to play with and we should not let people feel like they can get away with it. It is not something we can play with because it has caused the lives of many students. We have to let students and parents understand the effect of cyberbullying and the damage it has already done to many students lives and their families.