Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Social Media

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Today people rely on social media. They use it to plan things, to make friends, and to spread their opinions across the world. This is, in some cases, a good thing, but in others it's a bad thing. This blog for instance is where we are trying to make a difference and trying to show people how they can do the same. That is a good thing. Another instance is like when someone wants attention and they start to insult people. That is, quite obviously, a bad thing.

You know when you're warned about the internet how it can ruin your life, but it's really not the internet itself, it's the people. I’m not saying there aren’t good, honest people on the internet because there are some good people, but even the people who look and sound really nice can turn evil when they get on Instagram.

In my twelve years of life, I have seen people completely affected in negative ways by what people say to them over these social media. Even if people seem to be your friend as soon as they become anonymous they will say whatever comes to mind. Things like this happening over the internet is called cyberbullying. It has already become a huge problem. People commit suicide because of it and I can't stress enough how important it is to stand up for people when this happens.

The bullies normally won't just have one victim they will often come after multiple people. These people sometimes do this out of jealousy, or out of hatred for the other person(s). In my opinion, I find this stupid! If you are angry with someone go talk to them. I don’t mean go get in a fight with them, I mean don’t be a coward about it. If you can't say it to their face you probably shouldn’t say it over the internet. Another alternative is just ignore the person you're mad at. Like, seriously why go to such extremes if you don’t even have to be near this person?!
by Caitlyn


  1. People really need to stop cyber bulliying it's gone to far!🐐

  2. Wow! I am very impressed by how mature and bright 6th grade students are! I am in awe at how responsible and kind most people are, and I would like to think that this is the majority of today's young people. Yes there is bullying going on, but taking the higher road, remaining positive, and lifting each other up will set a great example to those who haven't learned how to do this yet. Thank you for your spreading your message about cyberbullying and by not sinking to their level.

  3. I really love that you are so passionate about this subject! It is SO important that we try to help with cyberbullying any way we can. I appreciate your insight and personal stories of how people you personally know have been impactedby cyberbullying. Keep up the great work and don't be afraid to be an advocate for those who are hurting.

  4. This is great that you as a student is able to recognize the harmful effects of cyperbullying and is unafraid to stand up and make a stand against it! I like how you provide insights on how cyberbullying works and who can be a cyberbully. The anonymous nature of the internet and the ability to hide behind a screen is what drives cyberbullying and you have explained this very well. Keep on spreading the word and continue to be unafraid and stand up for what is right.

  5. Thank you for sharing your post! With technology and social media becoming more and more popular, it definitely does have its pros and cons. Like you said, it is a great way for people to connect... but it does become negative when people begin to use it in inappropriate ways.
    Cyberbullying is a serious issue that impacts many people. Thank you for being so involved with voicing this issue and giving it the attention it deserves! Keep up the awesome work!

  6. Al,

    This topic is so so important. I am so glad that you are discovering solutions and are taking a stance here. We live in a digital world where information comes and goes so fast and people try to get away being mean online all the time. In addition to finding solutions (like the type of genuine confrontation you suggest), we need to raise awareness about how cyberbullying hurts others, so that healing can happen and hurting can be prevented for the future. Stay strong when you need to confront a situation and keep advocating for those who need your voice.

  7. P20 Idaho TeachersJuly 13, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Thank you for using your voice in sharing about this topic. We like the fact you present both your opinion and the definition of cyberbullying and presenting a call to action on this matter. We are impressed with your level of understanding of media usage.