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mntdew102
Con (against)
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The Contender
Blade-of-Truth
Pro (for)
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Is cyberbullying really an issue

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Blade-of-Truth
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 11/19/2014 Category: Society
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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mntdew102

Con

No, because it is easily stoppable. If you are on Facebook, and someone says some mean things about you, then block them. If multiple people do it, then simply delete your social media account. No one is forcing you to be online. You can end it all with a simple click of a button.
Blade-of-Truth

Pro

I want to start by thanking Con for instigating this thought-provoking debate.

Since I am Pro, it will be my aim to show that Cyberbullying is indeed an issue.

Definitions & Clarifications

Cyberbullying: Bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites. [1]

Issue: 1 - An important topic or problem for debate or discussion. [2]
2 - Problem or Difficulty. [2]

[1] http://www.stopbullying.gov...

[2] http://www.oxforddictionaries.com...

Arguments

I. Bullying is unacceptable in our society.

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior and includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. [3]

The recipients of bullying often feel anxious, depressed, lonely, insecure, unable to focus or concentrate, afraid, or in the worst case, suicidal. The problem is that one party is responsible for forcibly impressing those feelings upon the other, or in some cases literally (physically) assaulting the victim. In America, we condone such actions in the form of having laws protecting individuals from such actions which even include prison time for the offender.

With it now established that bullying is unacceptable, one needs only to extend bullying to cyberbullying which is nothing more than an extension of bullying itself as evidenced by the definition provided above. Thus, by extension, cyberbullying is also unacceptable in our society. When something which is a problem is deemed unacceptable, it then becomes an issue which I defined above as well.

Due to the connection shown, I find no reason whatsoever to NOT consider cyberbullying an issue. It, quite literally, is.

[3] http://www.stopbullying.gov...

Rebuttals

II. It is easily stoppable.

My opponent makes this claim with the justification being that: No one is forcing you to be online. You can end it all with a simple click of a button.

My opponent fails to realize that this is working under the false premise that the bully will simply go away if you are not online.

What if the bully goes to your school? What if the bully had the means to hack your phone? What if the bully is still on the website when you go back in a few days?

There are countless cases where the cyberbully has continued the abuse without the victim necessarily being online. If my opponent truly wishes to continue this line of argumentation I will gladly present multiple cases where this has occurred.

In closing,

I have shown that Cyberbullying is literally an issue, and have provided an additional rebuttal against the argument raised by my opponent negating his claim that cyberbullying can be stopped by the click of a button.

I now return the floor to Con.

Thank you.
Debate Round No. 1
mntdew102

Con

mntdew102 forfeited this round.
Blade-of-Truth

Pro

My opponent has forfeited round 2.

I, therefore, extend all arguments as they currently remain standing unchallenged.

Thank you.
Debate Round No. 2
mntdew102

Con

mntdew102 forfeited this round.
Blade-of-Truth

Pro

My opponent has forfeited the final round.

My arguments remain standing unchallenged.

Please vote Pro.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Blade-of-Truth 2 years ago
Blade-of-Truth
Absolutely. That's why I showed the connection between real-life bullying and cyber-bullying. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
Posted by miraculous 2 years ago
miraculous
People seem to disregard and never acknowledge the fact that cyber bullying has ties with IRL bullying.
You block them on Facebook but they may have connections with you at school, or some alternative institution. It's not as manageable as one might deduce.
Posted by Blade-of-Truth 2 years ago
Blade-of-Truth
I can see why you'd think so, but in this case the definitions at the top were pertaining solely to the key terms found in the resolution. I appreciate your concern though!
Posted by Nevearo 2 years ago
Nevearo
In definitions I mean. At the top.
Posted by Nevearo 2 years ago
Nevearo
You should have defined bullying.
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Reasons for voting decision: The PRO argument that in my opinion won the entire round was that the bully remains even if you get off the website. If you deactivate your Twitter account, for instance, the bully can still post about you and disrupt your image. Great argument that has actually changed my opinion on this issue as I believed in CON's position beforehand but this argument now has me leaning slightly PRO. (Also forfeiture)
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