Today’s bullying events extend beyond personal contact in neighborhoods and especially at schools, to cyber bullying on the Internet. Recent bullying statistics show that bullying is on the rise among young adults, teens and children. The rise in these bullying statistics is likely due to a fairly recent form of bullying seen in recent years called cyber bullying.
• About 42 percent of kids have been bullied while online with one in four being verbally attacked more than once. • About 35 percent of kids have been threatened online. • About 58 percent of kids and teens have reported that something mean has been said about them or to them online.
My friend spoke out on Facebook about his college roommate’s cyber bullying experience:
“I don’t tend to speak my mind too much on Facebook but I couldn’t shake this feeling off. Yesterday, my roommate came home as a victim of cyber bulling. Seeing the tears in her eyes, I could only tell she had been hurt badly. To shed some light on this story, let me tell you how much of a rock star this girl is. She has four jobs currently in order to support herself in addition to building her résumé in the field of Entertainment. She is blessed to have her first opportunity as a Casting Director in her first project. Nevertheless, for someone to abuse the use of social media to downgrade and belittle a girl fresh out of college, a girl hungry for the opportunity to succeed and flourish…is strictly beyond me. Please take this time to understand the things you put out on social media. It can affect how you look publicly and how others who don’t even know you personally can see you. Love you my roomie (AW), we will get through this and you will be stronger than ever from this!” signed MP.
A few days later, those of us following her story received this update:
“After all the stress of the past few days, I am proud to say that this whole terrible ordeal is finally over. Without going into detail, I can say that the scary and slanderous post and video about me have been removed. Friends, please be smart about who you talk to online. Computer crimes are still fairly new to law enforcement and are still hard to charge because it is hard to pinpoint perpetrators and they are often protected by the First Amendment. Please educate yourselves on the definitions of cyber harassment and cyber stalking.”
We offer this link to get you started http://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/ Our No Judgment. Just Love.™ message is loud and clear – treat everyone with respect, without conditions. Then we’ll have the chance of experiencing a world with less need to bully and more people living in peace. I wear my No Judgment. Just Love.™ Charm to be an inspiration for others and to remind myself to not bully or be bullied. Won’t you join me and wear your No Judgment. Just Love.™ Charm for all to see? ShaRon #NJJL #CherishtheCharm