Catholic Social Teachings About Cyberbullying

The Catholic Social Teachings that relates to cyberbullying, is the teaching of participation. They believe that because of their intelligence and free will, people have both a right and duty to participate in those decisions that’s most directly affect them. They are actively to shape their own destiny rather then simply accept the decisions of others. This right to participate belongs not only to individuals, but also to groups and communities. What the Catholic Social Teachings means by this statement means that, everyone has the right to say what they please (freedom of speech), but what you put on the Internet and what you say to others, may affect someone else depending on the way in which they interpret your status. They are trying to tell us that before we go to say something online, we need to think about how the person on the other side will take it in. Who is going to get disadvantaged? And who is going to look like the bad person? The real question is, who decides if it is cyberbullying or not? It may just be someone’s personal opinion about someone or something, that another person takes offensively or to heart.

Catholic Scripture that supports the social justice issue if cyberbullying, is located in John 1: 3-15 ‘Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding on him’. This scripture relates to cyberbullying, as it is explaining that you have to treat everyone with respect and how you would like to be treated, even if they are your enemy, because if you don’t you won’t have eternal life.

Another representation is provided in Matthew 5:38-41, ‘ you have heard that it was said an eyes for and eye and a tooth for a tooth,’ ‘But I say to you, do not resist the one who is evil, but if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your possessions, let him have your cloak as well, and if anyone forces you to go only mile, go with him two miles’. This Catholic scripture story relates to cyberbullying, as it is telling us to not seek revenge towards other who have hurt you in the past, as you will just end up hurting them straight back.

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