Ethics Sage Steven Mintz: Prevalence of Cyber-Bullying on Social Media Requires Stricter Monitoring from Authority Figures

Oceano, CA, November 25, 2013 --( Prominent California-based ethics professor Steven Mintz has recently announced that his website has achieved exceptional media attention due to the popularity of his recent posts. One of the more recent updates to his website includes his viewpoints on the subject of social media and cyber-bullying. Readers and media representatives alike have found Professor Mintz’s views on the subject compelling and insightful.

Today’s children have 24/7 access to social media sites. It’s one of the leading methods for peers to connect in the increasingly technology-focused generation. But there are concerns among many groups about the dangerous knock-on effects of social media. One of these knock-on effects is the increasing number of cyber-bullying cases. Around the globe, children are being bullied online by peers whose unrestricted access to such tools allows them the freedom to act out with potentially tragic consequences.

In Steven Mintz’s recent blog post on the subject, he highlights the case of cyber-bullying victim Rebecca Sedgwick, whose alleged suicide should give all parents cause for concern. Rebecca was driven to suicide by the taunting she received across social media sites. One message told her to “Drink bleach and die.” While Rebecca’s parents took action by moving Rebecca from one school to another, the taunting over social media continued until her untimely death.

In this area of ubiquitous connections across many devices, children are now able to act increasingly without restrictions. Mintz argues that parents must now step forward alongside schools, and teach children about the inherent dangers of cyber-bullying:

“What motivates youngsters to bully a classmate? Should we blame it on the lack of parental control; the lack of setting standards of behavior; or the failure to set boundaries for what is and is not appropriate? I’d say it is all of the above and a school system that turns a blind eye towards the problem. The schools are not being proactive in preventing cyber-bullying from happening in the first place,” writes Mintz.

Writing on a broad range of growing issues affecting today’s society, Steven Mintz has become one of the leading and most-respected social commentators on a number of ethics-based subjects. Readers can review Steven Mintz’s latest article in full directly via his website at
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