Bullying has always been around, and it has always been a horrible thing. I’ve always tried to avoid bullies and I’ve tried to protect those that are being bullied, but to be honest, these days that’s nearly impossible. Cyber-bullying is huge and it’s NOT OK. I’ve never understood why people would think it’s OK to call others fat, ugly, stupid etc. What do they get out of it? Surely making others unhappy doesn’t make them any happier?
The worst part is that some people bully without even realising it. Telling someone ‘sorry, but your song sucks’ is to me a form of bullying. Saying ‘you shouldn’t wear that top because it doesn’t look good on you’ is also bullying if you ask me. Some think that it’s just being honest, but what is the purpose of saying it if you don’t have anything good to say with it? If you don’t have something positive to say, sometimes it’s better not to say anything at all.
I was completely shocked a while back when I came across a couple of tweets from a Vine star, and the replies to them. It made me super sad to see and absolutely horrified that people say these kind of things.
I’ll explain a bit of the history behind it. The vine star was accused of trying to force his girlfriend to give him oral after a video was released where she said she didn’t want to do it and he said ‘Do it’ a couple of times. Yes, pretty horrible in itself if it’s true that he was pressuring her. However, it does not make what happened after OK. This is what he tweeted:
You’d think that if you see something like that, you’d be worried he would actually commit suicide, and you should try to talk him out of it, or support him in some way, even if what he was accused of doing was true. No one deserves to feel so bad they want to kill themselves. No one!
But instead of support, all I saw was this:
I mean, that is just not OK on any level. It doesn’t matter how much you think he’s just trying to get attention, no one deserve to get told they should just go ahead and kill themselves. You may not think that your comment is going to have much impact, but you could just as well be the person that pushes them over the edge. Again, if you’ve got nothing positive to say, just don’t say it at all!
It’s not a secret that there are people who kill themselves every day, and I’m sure 90% of those cases could have been prevented if they had proper support and love around them. I’ll leave you with this video of teenagers reacting to Amanda Todd. It’s a really powerful video, and hopefully it’ll make you think about how we can all help prevent cyber-bullying.
Let me know if you’ve had experience with bullying and what you think we can do to prevent it.