Cyberbullying your worst enemy
As you remember from my previous article, cyberbullying is a really big issue in most schools. The suicide rate has grown tremendously, and students are being affected terribly, including their confidence and motivation in schoolwork. My last post explains why I have a strong opinion on cyberbullying. Which is because nobody deserves anything that brings them down. This is also why I am trying to stop bullying. I am trying to make people have a new and clear view on how things affect others on social media.
Cyberbullying is a big issue in the 21st century. That’s because social media is becoming more popular and cyberbully is becoming much more easier for people. For example, Snapchat and Instagram both allow you to tag and post about somebody. Cyberbullying is a big issue in my life because some of my closest friends almost attempted suicide due to this unsuitable issue. One reason why I say cyberbullying is so easy to occur in the 21st century is because 50% of teens have experienced some form of digital abuse including, but not limited to: spreading lies, violations of trust, and digital disrespect. That’s half of the teens in the U.S.! This is not healthy, because that means cyberbullying is extremely common, and tells me that the victims aren’t standing up for themselves, or if they are, it isn’t working at all.
This leads to my next point on how bystanders can prevent cyberbullying, as well as the victims . In my opinion, bystanders play a big part in cyberbullying incidents, because they are witnesses of these terrible experiences. They can, and should, stand up for the victim. Therefore, bystanders can prevent cyberbullying. According to stop bullying now foundation.org, if the bystanders can’t see a way to help, they should put themselves in the victim’s shoes, because cyberbullying can cause severe issues like anxiety, depression, panic disorders, and can make the person’s life a living hell.
For my original research part of this project, I chose to do an interview. My interview was with a friend named Sara, who has been through the process of overcoming being a victim of cyberbullying, turning into a beautiful young woman. My interview had very personal questions that were very useful for my project. For example, my first question to Sara was, “what's your opinion on cyber bullying?”and she answered honestly stating, “obviously it's bad, but it's not something that is able to be stopped because of the technology in the 21st century.” Her answer is important because she has been through cyberbullying. It is also important because I connect with her and her opinion. Another question I asked was, “If you were bullied, can you explain how was that event?” Which also connects to the question, “how was your reactions towards cyberbullying? Did you try to stop it?” Her response was “when I was cyberbullied, it was everything, it was verbal, emotional, cyber. In the moment I wanted to fight back, but I didn’t because I wanted to prevent it.” She said that it was “painful.” Her answer to this question is very useful because it shows that some victims do try to help but are too weak and not saying they are. I only say she was weak because she had nobody to support her or have affection shown.
For my Agent of Change, I am going to create a nice care package for a survivor of cyberbullying and bullying. I decided to make a care package because the person has been through so much and deserves to feel cared for. I also want to make this person happy for a week and to text her everyday to see how feels. The package will include amazing things to cheer a person up. Not only that, but I think making a care package is a great idea because it comes from the heart, in my opinion it's better to make something with love than buying something.
I want to say thanks to Sara Frunzi for being so strong and supportive to me for this project and in general you have a big heart. I love you, remember your very beautiful and always be happy!
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