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THE CYBER BULLYING VIRUS - YouTube

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The Cyber Bullying Virus is a video that compares cyber bullying to a virus. It speaks of the host of the virus, the bully, determining and hurting its targeted victim, Jane Doe through text, email, and social media. It also addresses how cyber bullying is contagious and spreads to other people by  peer pressure, hate, and envy. The video treats cyber bullying as a deadly disease causing many deaths by suicide each year, but through compassion, hope, and courage we can cure the world of this virus.

 

I thought it was really clever to relate cyber bullying to a virus. I think that by doing this, it can allow teenagers and children to see how cyber bullying is a serious epidemic of the 21st century.  This video also does a great job of proving the Twitter picture claiming "everything is a joke on the Internet" as false. It shows the harmful nature of the problem and that there is nothing funny about cyber bullying.

 

I also really liked that they used Hate, Envy, Compassion, and Hope as Facebook and Twitter names, so that children and teens could relate the words that were written to the emotion that caused those words to be typed in the first place.  The viewers could understand where cyber bullying comes from. Cyber bullying doesn't just happen. There are reasons behind our actions, and if we can discover the source of our actions, we can learn change our behaviors and prevent ourselves from heading down those dark paths in the future. The video also used Compassion and Hope as Facebook names to show what these two qualities look like, and the power they have on defeating hate, envy, and cyber bullying .Hope and Compassion are really important, and for those who have the courage to show them to victims of cyber bullying, those courageous people may just save a life.

 

Cyber bullying is like a virus because it will continue to spread and harm many others, if we do not act and stop bullying now.

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Donegal mother to sue educational authority after her two girls took their own lives

Donegal mother to sue educational authority after her two girls took their own lives | Bullying | Scoop.it
Donegal mother to sue educational authority after her two girls took their own lives
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This is an Irish news article about a woman, Lorraine Gallagher whose two daughters took their own lives because of bullying. The younger daughter, Erin, committed suicide due cyber and face-to-face bullying. Weeks later, the older sister, Shannon, killed herself because of her grief over losing her sister. Lorraine decided to sue the Education Committee over Erin's death because she believes that the school had a responsibility to provide a safe environment for Erin, and the school failed to do that.

 

I wanted to include this article because it shows that bullying of all forms is an international issue. Teens all over the world are victims to bullying and it needs to stop. It is spiraling out of control with the addition to cyber bullying leading to the deaths of too many children. This article just goes to show the devastating effects of bullying. Erin, the target, killed herself, and then her sister did too. Bullying hurts so many more people than just the target, and bullies and children everywhere need to know this, so we can put an end to bullying once and for all.

 

I also found it interesting that the mother is suing the education board for mental distress. I agree that the school holds some responsibility in Erin's death. The school may not have been the bully, but it did nothing to prevent the bullying from occurring. The teachers, principal, and faculty could have stopped the attacks from being so bad that a girl had to take her own life to get away from it. Her teachers could have shut down the verbal abuse in the classroom, and could have taken the case to the principal when it got out of hand.Erin should have felt safe in school; she should have felt confident that her teachers and faculty would have her back, and would step in to end her torment.

 

It only takes one person to take action and if someone in Erin's school did that, then Erin and Shannon could be alive today. Bullying is like a virus in the way that it spreads and occurs in schools all over the world. Bullying of any kind is wrong and should be a crime. It hurts and it kills. I continue to fight and stand up for bullying, so tragedies like Erin and Shannon's deaths will not occur in the future. Will you stand up and stop bullying now?

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In Their Own Words: Teachers Bullied by Colleagues

In Their Own Words: Teachers Bullied by Colleagues | Bullying | Scoop.it
"When I came back one day after lunch, the warehouse people had axed the reading loft [on the principal's orders] . . . This was only the beginning . . . He stripped away everything that made my room
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When I hear the word "bully," I immediately think of a student as the harasser. I would never think of teachers being bullies. This blog post really opened my eyes to the horrible fact that many teachers are bullied and harassed every day by their co-workers. According to the post, "one in three teachers claim they have been bullied at work." That is an alarming statistic. How can teachers promote anti-bullying and try to stop students from bullying each other when they harrass themselves? I think this is a huge problem that gets swept under the rug too often. I was appalled that the teachers and school did not do anything when the student threatened Jennifer. How could the State School Board and the Superintendent just ignore this incident? It is the school's responsibility to maintain a safe environment for the students AND the teachers. How could they dismiss the fact that their employee was so scared she developed post-traumatic stress disorder? This specific story and the others presented in this blog post just shows how flawed our education system is. We need to fix the bullying problem between educators before we can stop children and students from bullying each other.

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Bully Official Trailer #1 - Weinstein Company Movie (2012) HD

Bully Official Trailer #1 - Weinstein Company Movie (2012) HD This year, over 5 million American kids will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home,...
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This movie is extremely powerful, and presents a first-hand look of bullying.  It shows the power behind words and actions, and the impact they make on others' lives. Critics and members of the public wanted to make this movie rated R because of the level of torment and violence. However, by making the rating R, the movie would not reach its audience of children, especifically adolescents, because parents would not allow their childrent to see the film. After a lot of debate, the film ended up PG-13 allowing the film's message to be spread and reach its target audience. 

 

In the film, there is a man who states that the bullying is "just kids being kids, boys being boys." This statement shocked me because I thought every adult would be against bullying and adults would see the actions for what they are: harassment and abuse. I had an assumption that every person would understand shoving an 11 year old into a locker and telling him to "hang hisself" is not kids just being kids. That is not how normal boys and children behave. How can bullying and abuse be prevented if those in charge believe there is nothing to be addressed?

 

Bullying is a very serious issue that needs to be stopped right now. Every school board, educator, administrator, parent, and child needs to do their part in forwarding the anti-bullying movement. "13 million children will be bullied in the US this year" which is 13 million too many.

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Suit: California teachers joined in ‘t*tty-twisting Tuesdays’ and promoted racial bullying | The Raw Story

Suit: California teachers joined in ‘t*tty-twisting Tuesdays’ and promoted racial bullying | The Raw Story | Bullying | Scoop.it
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This article focuses on teachers and school officials bullying female and minority students, and allowing other students to abuse these targeted groups as well. Three teenage students, an African American girl, African American boy, and a Native American student were victims of racial and gender bullying and abuse in five different schools in the same district. They were treated to racial slurs, physical abuse, and taunts every single day.

 

When I read the article, I was appalled and angry at the type of bullying these students faced every day. I could not even imagine the amount of courage it took each one of them to face going to school every day knowing that torment waited on the other side of the school doors. I was also very angry that the teachers, the ones who were supposed to protect their students were the ones hurting them. How could a teacher think physically assaulting a child and then stating how "red" his ear turned alluding to his Native American background be appropriate? I am at a loss at how these teachers and figures of authority could say and think such terrible and hurtful things?

 

Not only did the teachers take part in the bullying, but they let these minority students be picked on mercilessly by their peers. The fact that the school had traditions of grabbing and hitting other students is horrifying. I could not believe that it went on so long that they were given names, "T*tty-twisting Tuesday" and Slap-*ss Fridays,"  and were considered traditions. I have no words. I truly have no idea how a school district could stand by and allow this behavior.  I cannot comprehend how a person can disrespect another human being in such a nasty way. Each child no matter what race, culture, ethnicity, religion, or background deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. They are human beings, and need to be appreciated and held in the same regard as every other human being.

 

 

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Twitter / MeganLucyWatson: I think this photo is so ...

Twitter / MeganLucyWatson: I think this photo is so ... | Bullying | Scoop.it
I think this photo is so horrible, cyber bullying isn't a joke? Seeing this has actually made me so angry���� http://t.co/0Lzo5mFmAt
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I found this picure on Twitter. the Twitter account agrees with me in the fact that cyber bullying is not a joke. It is cruel and mean, and words do hurt. The evidence for cyber bullying being very real is all over the news, media, and web. So many teenagers and children commit suicide every day because of cyber bullying. Perpetrators of cyber bullying hide behind their phones, Facebook, and other social media. By sending a cruel text or posting a hate message on Facebook, it removes the personal aspect of bullying making it easier for bullies to hurt their targeted victims. But for the victims, it doesn't hurt any less than if someone said it straight to their faces. This is one of the consequences to technology. While there are so many positive aspects about it, there are negatives as well.

 

Children and teenagers need to realize that everything is not a joke on the Internet, and it will not be treated as such. Cyber bullying is wrong and needs to be stopped. I know that there are many campaigns and organizations fighting cyber bullying. They are going around to schools and children letting them know that words have power, and the way you say or type them can influence or even end a person's life.

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Felony Counts for 2 in Suicide of Bullied 12-Year-Old

Felony Counts for 2 in Suicide of Bullied 12-Year-Old | Bullying | Scoop.it
A Central Florida sheriff said two girls, 12 and 14, were arrested after the older one posted an offensive online comment Saturday in connection with the case.
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I was truly appalled after reading this article. It amazes me that children can be so cruel to one another, but especially girls. The fact that Rebecca's bully told her to "drink bleach and die," and wrote that she didn't care that she caused Rebecca to commit suicide stuns me. How can someone think so little of another's life? I truly do not understand.

 

I also think that technology and social media have played a huge role in making bullying a bigger problem. By posting mean comments on Facebook or sending cruel messages by text it takes away the interpersonal communication and makes it easier for the bully to attack his/her target because he/she doesn't have to do it face to face. Technology is a curse or a blessing depending on how it is used, and it is the parent's job to help guide their children on how to proper use social media and technology. The sheriff sums this up perfectly when he says, "Pay attention. Quit being their best friend and be their best parent." I think that it is important for children to have close relationships with their parents, but they should not be friendships. I think the parents of Rebecca's bully should have taken her phone away and monitored her internet use. They could have helped prevented this incident from escalating. Children have enough friends; they need their parents to be their mother and father. Parents play an important role in their children's lives and how they grow up and who they become.

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