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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.

R

A great video which shows how badly cyber bullying can affect a teenager. The video compares cyber bullies to a virus, therefore shows the emotional and physical stress it can have on someone.

R

This story has had mixed reactions and views; posted on the Daily Mail only twelve hours ago it has already racked up 300 comments. A mother in North Carolina, upon discovering that her teenage daughter had been the perpetrator of cyber bullying on a social media network, made the decision to punish her by shaming her on Facebook, forcing her to sell her iPod and donate the money to the charity BeatBullying, posting a picture, holding a message saying that she “makes poor choices on social media”.

Although some may think this is a positive way of chastising her child, others disagree, with comments made such as “humiliating your child to teach her not to humiliate other children? Gee, I wonder where she gets it!” and “this is terrible parenting, it’s things like this that make kids hate their parents. This will only make her behave worse out of spite”. The mother hit back at these adverse comments, writing on her Facebook page “I’m not worried about the negative that has been said about her punishment, I am her mother and I did what I thought was best given the circumstances. I’ve tried other punishments, and this fit the crime. I don’t regret a thing”.

What are your thoughts on this mother’s form of punishment? It could be seen as a good way of instilling better behavior on the internet in her daughter, by making her admit what she had done on a social network site where all her friends could see, but, like the comments made above by fellow mothers, it could also be seen as setting a bad example as she is humiliating her daughter for humiliating other children. Whatever your view, it’s obviously got people talking, which is positively highlighting the issue of cyber bullying.
We would really appreciate your thoughts and opinions on this particular story, do you agree or disagree with this mother’s choice? Comment below!

Thank you,

E

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2538640/Mother-shames-cyber-bully-daughter-forcing-pose-poster-saying-selling-iPod-punishment.html

NY Giants Star Receiver Helps Bullied Teen Overcome Adversity.

This is a really touching post! It just shows how receiving hateful attacks online by an anonymous source can be so damaging to an individual, especially a young person.

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Anonymity can be a wonderful thing; it can provide comfort, safety and an opportunity for expression for some people. However, anonymity can also provide a curtain for which some insensitive, and morally lacking individuals may hide behind.

In the summer of 2010, I decided that I wanted to make YouTube videos. I enjoyed watching other YouTube users, like charlieissocoollike and Alex Day, and was in the process of applying to study Film and Television Production at University, so it made sense. I got really excited about all the topics I could cover, and all the things I could go out and film, then come back and edit. I was a shy teenager (not much better as a post-adolescent actually), so the idea of being on camera at all, let alone on the Internet, was a daunting thing. I had hoped it would help boost my confidence if I could make…

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On our blog we have previously written about whether celebrities are more at risk of coming under attack of cyber bullies than the general public; however, what happens when celebrities ARE the cyber bullies? As previously said the popularity of social networks is growing all the time and now fans can follow their favourite stars and see their daily tweets about anything and everything. With some megastars having millions of followers it just shows how their tweets can reach so many people worldwide. As celebrities are thought of as role models, it is normally the case that their fans will imitate their behaviour. With that in mind it is thought that some celebrities are conveying a positive light on a very damaging action.

As portrayed in September 2013, Rihanna was accused of cyber bullying a fellow star, singer Teyana Taylor. Rihanna posted on the social networking site Instagram a video of her hairdresser wearing a wig much like Teyana’s hair and singing a song which the singer had covered.  When Teyana tweeted her dismay over the unprovoked attack Rihanna wrote “I REFUSE to help your career…you will NOT get an @ from me! Not til you pay me! #nomorefreepromo #iRefuse.” And then later tweeted “I hate broke bitches.” The tweets were later deleted, suggesting the star had realised the damage that she had caused. Some feel that Rihanna made it look to her millions of fans that it was ok to talk to and treat a person this way, surely as a role model that sort of treatment to another person should not be publicised, as some followers could think that it is acceptable to treat a person that way?

Another example of a celebrity that has been accused of cyber bullying is Perez Hilton; he made a name for himself and his fortune by posting vulgar pictures and stories on his blog and Twitter about stars. He gained millions of followers from his offensive behaviour; he even tried targeting certain stars about their sexual preference. Celebrities and the public came out to say that he was thought to be a cyber bully and when he caught wind of this he said he was determined to change his ways. Nevertheless, he had by then gained his millions of followers and publicity so surely they were rewarding him for being a cyber bully?

Many think that celebrities are role models to others and therefore have a great amount of power over millions of people worldwide. Some fans will do anything to be like their beloved icons, dress like them, speak like them, and act like them. Therefore, with certain stars publicising cyber bullying it could increase the amount of internet trolls as fans could think that behaving like that is acceptable.

Do you think it is ethically moral for celebrities to publicise their cyber bullying and let their fans think that behaving like that is the right way to act?

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

R

This blog post highlights so many points. Not only two internet trolls who were convicted in the end but the thought of how sending one message online can reach so many people and how Twitter and other social networking sites need to review how they are monitoring these harmful messages.

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…that if you haven’t got anything nice to say – step away from your social media platform.

The admission of guilt from Isabella Sorley and John Nimmo yesterday sends a clear message that internet trolling is an activity not to be undertaken on a whim.

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Both Sorley (23) and Nimmo (25) are admitting to the sending of “menacing” tweets directed at the feminist journalist Caroline Criado-Perez following her successful campaign to put Jane Austen’s face on British £10 notes. (Which – whilst on the subject – is bloody fantastic. The fact she had to do it at all is a bit sad but well bloody done Caroline. I love a bit of Austen. Thank you.)

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Following her success Caroline received multitudinous messages of bile, vitriol and outright nastiness from many different users on social media platform, Twitter. According to her those messages attributed to Sorley and Nimmo (which included threats…

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It’s a problem that is continuing to occur, especially with social media becoming more and more popular with young people as a way to connect with many others on the internet. Unfortunately, recent reports and studies have shown that cyber bullying is on the rise, which is the opposite of what needs to happen. Childline, the UK’s leading children’s helpline charity, has seen a huge increase in the number of children contacting them about concerns of online bullying. It saw 4,507 cases of cyberbullying in 2012-13, up from 2,410 in 2011-12. But what can be done to stop this? One of the biggest and most difficult questions to ask when looking into cyber bullying is whether the responsibility is on the social network for the safety of the users of the site, or whether the responsibility is on the decisions and actions a child makes by using a social networking site. 

Peter Wanless, chief executive of the NSPCC charity, which runs ChildLine, said: “The issues facing children today are very different from those that faced us as children”. This statement really highlights the fact that in this new social media age, children face many more vulnerabilities by being so exposed on the web, in contrast to the adult generation who didn’t have the technology which would have allowed for this to happen. 

With the problem of cyber bullying continuing to happen, affecting many children and teenagers not only nationally, but internationally, is it fair to say something really does need to change?

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I think this initiative is a brilliant idea, not only will it teach teenagers the dangers of the interent but it will also help prevent cyber bullying. If only this was a worldwide bill! More needs to be done in education to teach children about online culture, because social networking and internet usage is only going to get bigger and bigger as time goes by in this new social media age. Being educated about it could really make a difference with regards to cyber bullying and children being vulnerable on the interent. Do you agree?

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The New Jersey Senate has passed a bill mandating a course on responsible social media use for sixth-through-eighth graders, because adults are always so good at teaching young people about tech.

It won’t just cover Twitter and Facebook — and hopefully the proper techniques for finger-scribbling all over a Snapchat photo. In addition, kids taking the class will learn about “cyber safety, cyber security, and cyber ethics,” according to NJ.com.

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It is great to see another celebrity defend a fan against cyber bullying! If this is a topic that you are interested in then please visit our blog, we would love to hear your views on it!

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Eric Campbell
Staff Writer

Selena Gomez has set the standard on how to deal with fans bullying one another. During an Instagram conversation between two of Gomez’ fans, one fan mocked another who posted a picture of a self-harm scar.

The caption for the scar photo: “I just wanna die so all of this will end already. I feel so worthless. It’s hard for me to ignore people.” While the second fan—with the username “selinagomesfan”—wrote: “Cut, cut, cut, cut!”

The singer soon intervened, sending out words of hope and encouragement to the first fan, while disapproving of the second fan.

Gomez wrote: “This is ridiculous. @selinagomesfan my fans don’t do this to others. That’s not what I stand for so you can gladly stop being a fan of me. I only encourage love, confidence, kindness.”
Gomez then said to the first fan: “My love, you are gorgeous just the way you are…

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