What are People Doing to Fight Back Against Cyberbullying?
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Not Going to Take it Anymore

How people are taking action against cyberbullying. 

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I have always known cyberbullying was bad. The absurd lengths people go through to make themselves feel good is almost sociopathic at this point. However, people are not just taking it anymore. They are getting organized and fighting back against online bullying.

 

Personally, I have never understood why people bother saying horrible things online even about celebrities. Yes, they are in the public eye, but who has the time or energy for that sort of thing? That’s not even delving into the fact that it is just cruel. Before I started researching, I had no idea how badly it effected people (even those who are used to being in the spotlight).

 

It’s one thing to hear on the news that teens are committing suicide over cyberbulling, but it is another thing to read the comments that push them over the edge. After reading the articles assigned for class, I wanted to know what people were doing to stand up to bullies. I expected to see some homemade websites that may be well intentioned but were not getting the traffic they deserved. What I found actually surprised me.

 

The school programs were expected. What astonished me were the reports of Curtis Woodhouse, the professional boxer who actually offered a reward for his cyberbully’s true identity. I also had not heard of Kaitlyn Collins, the Green Bay Packers cheerleader whose picture was put up on a Chicago Bears fan page as the poster girl for “the worst cheerleaders in the NFL.” After receiving harsh comments about her looks, she decided to make a YouTube video in protest.  

 

It was great to see that people have decided they cannot live in fear of the people who live behind their computer screens. They are mad as hell and they’re not going to take this anymore. 

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Boxer Curtis Woodhouse decided to take a more aggressive approach to end cyberbullying. I almost thought Woodhouse was going a little too far until I started reading “The Trolls Among Us”; then I was on his side. Honestly, I do not think anything should ever come to physical violence, but I do get the his impulse. Woodhouse was pushed too far and I think both he and the Twitter follower were lucky he didn't actually go to his house. When I first heard this report, my question was the same as Coomarasamy's: what if others hear about what he did and try to do the same thing? Even though I understand where he was coming from, I still think his actions might set a dangerous precedent with tracking down these internet trolls and making them answer for what they write. 

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Cyber-Bullying, UF Students Fight Back | WCJB TV-20

Cyber-Bullying, UF Students Fight Back | WCJB TV-20 | What are People Doing to Fight Back Against Cyberbullying? | Scoop.it
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Megan Meier's mother, Tina Meier, is trying to reach out to students at The University of Florida about the cyberbullying issue by sharing her story. It might be difficult to hear about hypothetical bullying, but Meier, unfortunately, puts a face on this cause. It's encouraging that the students responded positively to her efforts and created the "Paint the Town Orange" event. 

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Charlotte Dawson fights back against Twitter trolls

Charlotte Dawson fights back against Twitter trolls | What are People Doing to Fight Back Against Cyberbullying? | Scoop.it
Charlotte Dawson is fighting back against online bullies by publicly exposing them as Twitter trolls.
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It is very interesting to see these people confronted. Jordan McGuire doesn't seem to have any remorse for his actions. He thinks she is just "interpreting" his posts in her own way. If you watch the video that goes along with the article (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bhj9ukfva_E), the other two "Twitter trolls" have a hard time making eye contact. Maybe it is just because there is a camera in his face, but Ian Cameron looks like he is embarrassed by what he tweeted (even if he does say people in the public eye should be used to this). 

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FULL EPISODE: Maron – Internet Troll

FULL EPISODE: Maron – Internet Troll | What are People Doing to Fight Back Against Cyberbullying? | Scoop.it
Marc is tormented by an abusive "fan" on Twitter. With his podcast guest Dave Foley in tow, Marc decides to teach one internet troll a…
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I wanted to add this because it puts a comedic spin on this problem. When Maron finally confronts the person who has been trolling him online, he sees that in this instance, it is futile to try to make him feel bad or actually apologize. Dragon Master's attitude is a lot like Jason Fortuny's where he is not really concerned with the effect he has on the person he is trolling. Sadly, even when his anonymity is taken away, he is still confident and stands by his harsh criticisms. (Scene where Maron confronts Dragon Master at 14:00) 

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NFL Cheerleader Fights Back Against Cyber Bullies

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Watch the video NFL Cheerleader Fights Back Against Cyber Bullies on Yahoo! Good Morning America. John Muller reports on latest case of bullying over Facebook photo, vile comments.
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Kaitlyn Collins felt like she did not have to take the cyberbullying from Bears fans and made a YouTube video standing up to the comments. It is difficult to understand why her picture was posted in the first place if the fan page was actually for the Bears football team. This not only gets into bullying but also gender issues online (for example, this news report took 30 seconds to say her actual name as opposed to her title as a “former cheerleader”). It was interesting to me that Facebook didn’t feel the need to have it taken down until there was media attention. Even then, it was the fanpage itself that decided to remove the post. Still, it was nice to hear that there were some Bears fans apologizing to her, even if they weren’t the ones who wrote the comments. 

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Fighting back against cyber bullying | WBNG-TV: News, Sports and Weather Binghamton, New York | Local

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Cyber bullying -- it's an issue that seems ever present for school age children and has been blamed for a number of student suicides. On Tuesday, a social worker was teaching adults how to fight back.
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There are programs through schools all over the country that are trying to stop cyberbullying at a young age. This is one I came across in my research. The constant reinforcement of hearing how to fight against cyberbulling will hopefully be an effective way to prevent it. 

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