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Saturday, October 6, 2012
A week ago we watched a movie, Cyberbullying. It's about a girl who gets bullied and it almost takes her life. Her mother tries to get a law passed but can't because it doesn't physically harm the victim. In the end, the mother does get a bill to be written, and Taylor, the victim, tries to live her life as it was before. In the past decade, there have been many cyberbullying cases as technology evolves. Taylor and her family was lucky. They didn't lose a daughter, sister, friend. Some were not as lucky. Take Megan Meier for example. She registered for a MySpace account and befriended a fake profile. Later on, he started bullying her and in the end it was only one message that did it. Only one message that caused Megan to take her life. This world would be better off without you. A law is being waited to be passed. Now, if you are a bully, you can't only be expelled from school, you can be arrested. People think they can't get into trouble if they're saying bad things on the internet about a person. They think, because adults aren't supervising them every minute of the day, they have the right to do whatever they desire. They're wrong
Cyberbullying is no joking matter. It's serious. Now that something is being done about it, it is serious. Sometimes it's not only the bully's fault. If your the victim you need to shut down the site right away. It can get out of hand really easily. Kids think parents are only there to admonish them. They're there to help you when no one else is. Listen to them. Megan was also told to shut down her MySpace account. She didn't. I'm not saying it's always the victims fault, but they have a decision to act. Suicide is never the answer. It's just another way to run away from your problems.
You have a choice. Stop cyberbullying. Take down your account, walk a mile in someone else's shoes, don't be afraid to help. You can make a difference. It all starts from a choice. Your choice.
For more information log on to http://www.loc.gov/index.html (library of congress) to and search cyberbullying or even watch the movie Cyberbullying.