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Social media sites and the internet are used daily by cyber bullies to target their victims and could be thought of as negative devices by many, however online campaigners have decided to fight fire with fire and have created online campaigns including videos that have then been posted the web to raise awareness of the effects that cyber bullies have on others. But is there a point in which campaigners efforts to change teenagers actions online are conflicted with being too hard-hitting on such a young age group?

When typing ‘cyber bullying campaigns’ into YouTube it produces a mass amount of campaigns, one that stood out amongst the others was entitled ‘the cyber bullying virus’ and is attached to the blog post below. It shows teenagers at school and how so many people are somehow connected to cyber bullying, whether they are the victims or the online predators. Many people may think that cyber bullying is not as bad as face to face bullying, although in this video it shows just how far a comment on a social media site can hurt an individual. Within this video it compares being a cyber bully to being a virus and when a computer has a virus it ultimately destroys it, just like when a human being has a virus it weakens them physically. In the video a teenage girl is being attacked by the cyber bully virus, therefore demonstrating to the audience how badly a person can be affected when being cyber bullied and the damage it can cause. With the video also showing how easy it is for internet trolls to post vile comments on social networking sites with the use of not only computers but phones too it brings to mind how hard it is to end cyber bullying.

Many of the online pictures and videos which are posted by campaigners about cyber bullies are hard hitting but campaigners believe that they are effective. But, there was one video where the general public felt that campaigners had taken their point too far. The video showed a young female with a needle and thread in her bedroom and then when she looks at herself in the mirror her mouth is sewn up. The caption at the end of the video says ‘If you’re being bullied, who can you talk to?’ The video was in memory of a teenage girl who was cyber bullied over the social networking site Bebo. This was said to be too graphic for teenage viewers because of their age, but campaigners of the video argue that because the rate of teenagers being cyber bullied is so high that teenagers and parents of teens need to know that there are websites and support available.
What are your thoughts about online campaigner’s actions against cyber bullies? Do you think they are morally right to post graphic videos online to change some teenager’s online behaviour or do you think that they have gone too far with such a young age group?

Please let us know your opinion on this matter; all your comments are appreciated.

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