I am really interested in why Internet bullying happens and is there any differences between America and Japan, so I did short interview to 5 students from America and 5 students from Japan (thank you very much for helping me!) as my extra credit activity. I am going to show the result of interview, and it has a both same points and different points between USA and Japan.
at first, I asked “Have you ever heard some serious cases about Internet Bullying?”
America: Yes/4 No/1
Japan: Yes/4 No/1
America:4 said Yes. one student told me about this news. One gay teen was bullied, his video was uploaded on the internet. The other students told me about different cases, but in all cases, victims commit suicide.
Japan:4 students said Yes. All Japanese students told me about their own experience (ex: My friend was bullied from classmates) and in some cases, people who were bullied on the internet finally stop coming to school.
No,2 “Why do you think Internet Bullying happens?”
3 American students and 5 Japanese students said, Internet is anonymous, so people do not have to show their face and their personal information and that’s why it happens. Facebook is popular in America and this is not anonymous, but people can make fake accounts. One American student said people who attack someone know how internet has a big impact and the other said some people want to show self-assertion.
This result shows that anonymous is one of the big problem. The number of Internet bullying would be decreased if the Internet (SNS and board) is not anonymous.
No,3 “In order to solve Internet bullying, what should parents and teachers do?”
All 10 students said they should know what is going on outside of monitoring and they should do monitoring more and teach as long as people mention something, it has a responsibility even thought the internet is anonymous. one student from America said that teachers and parents afraid to get into cases because they do not know about the internet well, so they do not know how to solve those issues.
No,4 “In Japan, students make private SNS sites and they communicate on there. Do American students make SNS?“(I have not asked this question to Japanese students.)
2 people said Yes and 3 people said No. Because In America, according to the result of interview, Facebook is really popular, and people make fake accounts in there and they attack someone. Thus, they do not have to make new SNS because they can easily find targets out from Facebook.
No,5 “Do you think having a own computer and phone is bad things for children?”
only 2 American students and 1 Japanese student say as long as parents or teachers teach how to use it, it is OK, but the others said lower than high school students should not have their own computer because it is not necessary. However, everyone said phone is necessary, so they can have a phone.
After I have finished all interview, I realized that the way of internet bullying are bit different between America and Japan, but the way of thinking about how to solve the problem is similar. Anonymous is one of the big problem. If your real ID shows up when you write something on the internet, you would be careful more than now, because you have more responsibility than when you write something on the internet anonymously. There is no such a big risk as long as internet is anonymous.
Also, I found out one interesting article.
This article mentions about Internet bullying’s differences between America and Japan. It says that “While in the United States, traditional bullying is physical, Aoyama said that she never saw a physical fight in her school growing up” (Para13). Also, in America, physical bullying by ‘male’ is popular and traditional cases, but in Japan, cyber bullying by ‘female’ is becoming popular cases. This shows that by using internet, people can easily attack someone without physical power and that is one of the reason why internet bullying became big problem because everyone can attack without risk and strength.
During the interview, when I asked Q3, one student from America said, “why don’t they(people who have been bullied) simply ignore about it?” And I think this could be one of the good way to avoid internet bullying. As I mentioned, internet bullying is not physical. It means, they do not punch you, they do not kick you. As long as you do not check SNS and e-mail from them, you don’t have to care about it. However, if bullying is simply gossips or speak ill of someone, we can just ignore, but if your real life are influenced by internet bullying, what is going to happen? If those ‘psychological’ bullying turn in to ‘physical’ bullying, how children protect themselves. Eventually, children need teachers and parents help.
Therefore, adult people should know about internet bullying well more than children.
That’s all my research about Internet bullying, thank you for taking a time and reading.