Directions: The following prompt is based on the accompanying seven sources
This question requires you to synthesize a variety of sources into a coherent, wellwritten essay. Synthesis refers to combining the sources and your positions to form a cohesive, supported argument and accurately citing sources.
Your argument should be central; the sources should support this argument. Avoid merely summarizing sources.
Whether students are the target, perpetrator, or observer, bullying appears to be a rite of passage in schoolyards throughout the world. Although bullying is discouraged by parents and school officials, it seems to be considered a normal part of growing up. However, with the introduction of the Internet and the rise of chat rooms, blogs, and social networking sites, cyber bullying has become an anonymous way to target and attack others. ADD
Read the following sources (including the introductory information) carefully. Then, write an essay in which you develop a position on cyberbullying. Decide whether or not you believe this is a problem that deserves the attention of people in authority, and if so, where should the responsibility lie? Synthesize at least three of the sources for support.
In our society, bullying is the most common form of violence. American schools hold 2.1 million bullies and 2.7 million of their victims. One in seven students from grades K12 are either bullies or victims of bullying. Nearly onefourth of students from elementary through high school have reported that they have been harassed or bullied at school because of their race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation or disability An estimated 160,000 children miss school every day because they fear attack or intimidation by bullies. Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75 percent of schoolshooting incidents.. Each month, 282,000 students report being attacked in high schools throughout the nation. Victims of bullying are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than students who are not bullied. More than twothirds of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying, and that adult help is infrequent and ineffective.
What is bullying? At first glance, it might appear that this behavior is easy to define. A common image of bullying might be of a physically intimidating boy beating up a smaller classmate or of one child shoving another inside a hallway locker. While that is still considered bullying, it’s important to know that bullying behaviors can be much more complex and varied than historical stereotypes. For example, while some bullying is physical and easy to recognize, bullying can also occur quietly and covertly, through gossip or on a smartphone or the internet, causing emotional damage.