This chapter really made me think more into detail about cyberbullying because I’ve definitely heard that it was and still is a thing that those who use social media go through every now and then. But actually mentally hearing a real story about someone’s experience really increases my interest in this topic. In the beginning of this chapter it told a story in an interviewer’s eye and him interviewing this girl named Abigail and she was talking about her family and her sister, Ashley. And how even if Ashley was Abigail’s sister, it didn’t stop her from wanting to say bad stuff about her with her friends through social media. It would already been bad that she was talking about someone else through the internet, but the fact that it was her own sister. That she has grown up with, live with, and basically do everything with is just messed up. I think that she just feels the need to get attention. When I hear about people online making a big conflict through social media, it’s mostly for attention. And that person probably knows that saying things online makes it easier for word to get around and for more people to hear. Rather than saying something bad about someone in real life when not a lot of people would hear or care. Attention to me, is what most teenage girls want especially when they’re coming into high school. Probably because it’s a different environment and they feel the need to act a certain way to be “cool.”
I think that if I were Abigail, I would feel really hurt and confused to why my own sister is saying bad things about me when I did absolutely nothing to trigger it. And the fact that she could just pretend that she didn’t do anything and see her every single day. Along with the idea of my sister saying bad things about me, the whole school would be saying bad things about me. People would assume and believe anything these days that they see. They feel the need to be pressured to know what other people know, and believe what other people believe. It’s all apart of pure pressure through other people and social media as well. Like if you’re trying to follow the latest trend, or you saw someone wear plaid and you do the same. Or you want to be like that popular girl who wears lip gloss with all the popular kids. Especially kids in their early teenage years, they start to go through puberty and they start to mentally change their mindset on things.And in the story, the fact that Ashley did these things, and Abigail saying that she might be doing these things because the way her mom treats her. Like bringing family problems, and sometimes the family is what encouraging kids to start things on the internet because they feel the need to get it all out. But honestly don’t think that it is a good idea because even if you’re hurting doesn’t mean you should hurt other people. I can connect with the feeling of feeling really upset or angry at something and I automatically want someone to feel and think what I’m doing because I don’t wanna be the only one. But I think kids like that should think before posting stuff. I know that Abigail says that Ashley doesn’t actually know when she’s hurting someone, that’s an issue within itself. To not consider other people’s feelings when it comes to insulting them.
What TV show did you watch in class?
Today in class we watched a show called Digital Nation.
What was this show about?
Digital Nation was a show that shows the different ways to use the internet. It shows us all the ways the internet can be used. It was people of different ages using it and the dangers that it can come with.
What is the most memorable thing to you about this show?
The one thing that I can remember was that it showed how the internet can really have a negative effect on you.
Why/Why not - is it important to watch shows like these?
It's important to watch shows like this so it can teach you what not to do on the internet. It also shows you how to trust the internet when it comes down to online safety.
How will you keep your future family safe online?
I will make sure that they are on websites i approve of. I will make sure that i have a code on my computer for the safety and for the websites they can not get on. I will also want access to there accounts for anything.
Why is it important to talk with your family about internet safety
I think it's important so they don’t find anything online bad about you or about what websites you have been on. I really would just tell them not to trust the internet.
What advice would you give to parents that don't know how to keep their children safe online?
I would tell them to just make sure you are mindful for what websites your child is on. Please make sure that they are being respectful online.
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- What show did you watch in class? We watched Digital Nation.
- What was this show about? This show was about the different outcomes of using the internet in different ways.
- What is the most memorable thing to you about this show? This most memorable was the websites that kid have access (How To Have a Successful Suicide ).
- Why/Why not - is it important to watch shows like these? It's important because parents need to know how much of an influence the internet can have on their child.
- How will you keep your future family safe online? By making them thing of the outcomes of the action they make.
- Why is it important to talk with your family about internet safety? It's important because anything can happen from poor usage on the internet.
- What advice would you give to parents that don't know how to keep their children safe online? Advice is to have rules. What you should/should not do.
The show was about the how children are online and unsupervised too much. It also touched bases on what kids are hiding from their parents online.
The most memorable moment was when the group of girls realized how petty the fight they got into was over something that happened online.
It is important so that children and adults will know what they are getting into in case something bad might happen to them.
I will keep my future family safe by warning them about situations like these and monitoring their internet time.
It is important to talk about these things with your family so you will not have to hide anything and they can help you if you get into some kind of trouble.
If you do not know how to keep your kids safe at least have a talk with them about what can happen and what is already happening.