During class discussion today there were many important points brought up in regards to the internet and the negative and positive effects that come from it. One of the things that touched upon is cyber bullying. I feel that this is an extremely important topic that has gotten much attention as the internet becomes more and more popular for teens and younger children.
As was mentioned in class, the internet is a place where anyone can be who they want to be. It’s a place where people can say things without their identity being revealed or without any consequences. As I was looking for more information on cyber bullying I came across the story of Megan Meir. I remember hearing about this young girl when I was in middle school which was roughly 6 years ago. The video I linked is the story of a thirteen year old girl who was a victim to cyber bullying. The story of Megan is one of many examples of children and young teens that are bullied and decide to take matters in their own hands. In Megan`s case she was bullied by a boy named Josh Evans whom she had not met in real life. Everything started with him complementing her on her looks and escalated one day as Josh began to write mean messages calling Megan countless names. As a result of the bullying Megan hung herself inside of her closet and was pronounced dead a couple days later. The surprising part of this case is that the cyber bully Josh Evans, was really the mom of a teenage girl who lived in the same block as Megan Meier. She claimed that the account was made simply to protect her own daughter. It is unfortunate that parents lend themselves to cyber bullying without measuring the consequences.
The second link I listed is an article that talks about the results of a survey which show that girls are more likely to cyber bully. Boys typically tend to be more physical and they settle problems in person while girls use media sites and cell phones to humiliate each other. The concern is that this kind of behavior is escalating. It is very surprising that many parents don’t even know that their child is being bullied. This article reminded me of the movie Mean Girls. This movie is a good example of how conniving girls can be. The same behavior talked about in this article and seen in this movie seems to be intensifying as the internet becomes more and more widely used.