Monday, January 7, 2013

Teens React to Online Bullying

With a child approaching his teenage years, bullying and the pain that results from it are on my mind a lot.  Despite all of the attention it has received, both in schools and PSA's, it continues on without abatement.  The internet has allowed people to bully anonymously and given around the clock access to victims.  Some people feel free to say things they would never dream of saying in person as though the words they write have no impact.  It has become all to commonplace for some to advise others that they should go and kill themselves.  Said to someone who is already vulnerable and feeling isolated these words are like a dagger to the heart.

Amanda Todd posted her story on youtube a month before she killed herself.  Since then, it has been uploaded and shared numerous times and still yet there continue to be those who harass her, though she is no longer alive.  I don't know what the solution is to bullying, but I do know that it has to stop. No one deserves to be bullied.

I came across the following video on Facebook and simply had to share it with you.  It is the reaction to several teens to the video Amanda Todd posted on youtube shortly before committing suicide, along with their reflection about their feelings about the bullying incidents they have been subjected to.



For those who are interested and have not yet seen it, here is a link to Amanda Todd's original youtube video. Please share your experiences with bullying.