More than a year has passed since Rutgers student Tyler Clementi committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate allegedly spied on him. Clementi’s death resulted in a national debate about the negative effects of cyber bullying. Though the national cyber bullying discussion focuses mainly on secondary education students, college students say it remains an issue on campus. Students interviewed agreed that that, though progress has been made, universities can still do more to prevent cyber bullying for its students.
“I feel like with social media it is easier to be a bully because you don’t have to face them,” University of Nebraska-Lincoln student Lorena Carmona said. “You become a completely different person online. I think that on college campuses it is often not seen or heard so it gets overlooked, probably because college students are older and do not tell many people what is going on. Or they keep it to themselves because they feel they can handle it.”
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