Bullying and Cyberbullying
I see this happens a lot in the US just as it does in other countrirs. Apparently a bill was supposed to be drafted 9 months ago.
Too many countries are sitting on their collective behinds on this one.. Many will ask where are the parents of the little snots who behave this way?
I would venture that it is the parents in many cases that are in fact "showing the way" and setting the example from what I see on so many sites.
The story of Massachusetts high school student Phoebe Prince's death is waking up lawmakers on Beacon Hill.
The freshman at South Hadley High School died Jan. 14. and two students accused of bullying the15-year-old have been punished.
According to the principal, Prince, who had recently moved to western Massachusetts from Ireland, was harassed through texting and Facebook entries by a clique of girls.
Whether she committed suicide because of all the taunting police are still investigating. About 200 students held a vigil the night after Prince died and several web tribute pages for her popped up Facebook. Most of the messages were positive but others were cruel had to be taken down.
Many legislators are feeling more pressure to do something to stop bullying before another child commits suicide.
For months, lawmakers have been working on an anti-bullying bill some say it should finally head to the House and Senate sometime next week. Meanwhile the school formed a task force to examine the bullying issue.
I cannot remember the name of the film I watched, but it was about Cyber Bullying. A teenage girl was being picked on and bullied by her peers from school via chat rooms and e-mails - it was a great movie, and a great way to show those through telivision what is going on today.
I have been cyber bullied, and even am today. I play alot of Xbox live, a specific game called Call Of Duty.
I get picked on alot because I am a girl, in a overly populated man community who plays the game. When they find out I am a girl, they get very ignorant - and sometimes, it comes to messages being sent to me with very nasty comments, and I even get sexually insulting messages, and once in a while, I get pictures of their genitalia sent to me.
My Husband discussed this with Xbox themselves, and there isn't much they can do. I can report them, and who knows where it'll go from there. My Husband wasn't happy with the response, so he contacted the police.
They said, that it is cyber bullying and it is a crime. So when it happens again, I am to save the messages and they will supina Xbox for the person's information, and if deemed necessary, they will be charged.
Charged not only for bullying, but for sexual harrassment.
I used to get bullied when I was in grades 7 and half of 8. It was horrible. Everyone was scared to stand up to the girl who did it to, which just made it worse, because they'd just watch while she'd be horrible to me.
I seriously hated going to school and skipped many times because i just couldn't deal with her. She made me cry every single freaking week! She also bullied some of my friends but she would bully different people in different ways. She also hacked into my msn account and spread rumors about me and she would talk about me behind my back.
But thankfully during the last few weeks before Christmas holiday we started to stand up to her and we ignored her, so she changed schools. :D
Thanks to her I hate getting calls from numbers I don't know and i had to change all my passwords,etc.
She was horrible! I really hope she has matured!
I've never been bullied in person, which I attribute to the fact that I've always been a fairly quiet person who sticks to herself...
But I have been cyber-bullied a few times by random people who somehow got my AIM screenname. Still not sure how they ot it, as I don't advertise it and only inform my closest internet friends (which, at this point, there's only one person who has it, lol). I just ignored it, never wrote back, and sometimes blocked the other person. It quit, regardless. Lol, and now I'm back bully-free.
Sorry to sound insensitive, but grow some thicker skin. Ignore it and move on.
It was a very good movie for teens to watch.
It's tough enough to be a kid in your own skin much less being picked on by your peers. I wonder, if I had children today if I would even allow internet access except on a very restricted basis. I don't think any kid needs a cell phone with internet access either. I'd be a mean mom :evil:
The internet provides a way to send messages anonymously. People are more forthcoming with information and tend to judge - and hit reply - faster because there is no association face-to-face. You can't see the other person's reaction, and it is very easy to hide behind "oh, well s/he took it the wrong way," as one cannot convey tone through text.
"Sorry to sound insensitive, but grow some thicker skin. Ignore it and move on." - I take this to be insulting. Perhaps you didn't mean it as such, but I took it that way. That is the problem with text, there is no emotion behind it. I am a very sensitive person, and I take things to heart - whether it's online or face-to-face. I am the same person online as I am in person.
Whether we like it or not, communication is becoming digitalized. It used to be easy to shut off the computer or phone and ignore what people said to you, but that is becoming less and less the case. People are depending on the internet for communication, and because of this, we have to take responsibility for what we say and do online, and realize that there is another human being on the other side of the screen. If you wouldn't say it to their faces, why would you type it in a reply box, texting screen, or message?
Again, it's a very impersonal way of getting your message across - more to the point, it provides an 'out' for bullies; they can say "that's not now I meant it," or "it wasn't me, so-and-so hacked my account, and sent those rumors out."
The internet provides a new way for bullies to be even less accountable for their actions.
And I completely agree with your whole post!
I am pretty cut and dry. Im sorry but words will only hurt you as much as you let them. Its mean and cruel for people to make fun of each other, but it will always happen. Mostly because those people are insecure about themselves.
Living in it and feeling bad only strengthens a bullies power and makes you feel worthless.
So, Again grow thicker skin. Ignore it and move on.
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