Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Cyberbullied?

According to the dictionary cyber bullying is the use of cell phones, instant messaging, e-mail, chat rooms or social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to harass, threaten or intimidate someone. Cyber bullying is one of today's more used forms of bullying because it is simply at the palms of ours hands. Sending messages anonymously seems a lot easier to do than physically harassing someone, which is why it is so common. A popular website/app called Ask.fm was and still is a huge bullying platform, you can ask questions anonymously to anyone with an ask.fm account. The site was created to ask curious questions you have about someone such as, "What's your favorite color?" Or "did you go to summer camp last year?” Our youth quickly realized you could virtually say anything, here are a couple questions from my personal ask.fm, "Why are you always with ur mom? Lol ur a loser it's sad." and, "I don't think your clothes match....like the most recent pic on your Instagram. That doesn't match at all and ur hair looks nasty. sorry to break it to you!" I say all of this to say, words can really hurt. As I stated before, cyber bullying is one of today's most common ways to bullying or harass someone.

If you are being cyber bullied do not respond or retaliate, simply tell an adult and save the evidence.

Stay strong and stay positive,

Courtney Jay 💜

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