In almost every household and schools, kids have access to technology. Technology benefits the teacher and helps the kids learn however, it can also be very dangerous if used inappropriately. The Internet can lead to bullying and additional issues, so it is very important for parents or whoever is teaching kids how to use technology to understand how young adults are using it. Also, to practice safe use.
Per a research done by Pew Research Center, roughly “92 percent of American teens go online every day.” Social Media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc., are used by teenagers daily. Nothing wrong with communicating with your friends and posting pictures of your day. The issue arises when the messages or post are inappropriate. This is called, cyber bullying which is the act of harassing someone online via messages, usually anonymously. Bullying can include the following:
- Negative comments/ pictures.
- Abusive posts on another people’s wall.
- Video/ pictures making fun of another person.
- Stalking someone or
- Hacking accounts
There are many different kind of bullying through social media. You must be careful with what you are posting especially when anything today can go viral in seconds. Therefore, it is so important to properly educate kids about the Internet.
Per Cyberbullying Hotline, “20 percentage of kids cyberbullied think about suicide, 1 in 10 attempt it (4,500 kids commit suicide each year).” This is CRAZY! These kids have their whole lives ahead of them and at such a young age they are dealing with bullying from their peers.
A 9th grade girl committed suicide due to bullying this past weekend. The victim had received messages from a fellow student that read along the lines of “no one care about you.” A sentence as careless is that one is bullying and can be very hurtful to someone.
Social media is everywhere. We are ALL apart of it one way or another. Double check what you are posting, who it is going to, and the consequences that can occur do to it. If you are second guessing, do not post or send the message.
STOP CYBERBULLYING. STOP HARASSING. STOP THE RUMORS.