Help put an end to online abuse

While the internet can offer an abundance of information and entertainment, it can also be used in the wrong way. “Cyber bullying” is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones.

Cyber Bullying continues to take lives every year.ย  Over eighty percent of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most common medium for cyber bullying. It needs to end. This cause is important because society today, revolves around social media, and teens are at the center of that. With the world at their hands, some teens are taking their lives because of what other have written about them.

I haven even been harassed though blogging! Not this blog but one a made for another class last year. Thankfully it was immediately taken care of. I think it’s easy for people to post whatever they like online, because there is no physical interaction or consequences for their behavior. This issue is national, as well as worldwide, or anywhere where there is internet access. We need to take action now, because harassment and bullying have been linked to 75 percent of school-shooting incidents, which unfortunately have gained popularity. Online torment leads to emotional abuse, and the teens are taking their lives while the perpetrators receive little to no consequences. The more informed society is, the more authoritative figures such as teachers and parents, can stop the online torment before it starts or reaches dangerous levels. About fifty-eight percent of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. More than 4 out 10 say it has happened more than once.

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Organizations such as StopCyberBullying.org, provide readers with an abundance of information such as why teens Cyber Bully, different ways to take action, ways of prevention, and the different laws surrounding the issue. One organization in particular focuses on a personal anecdote. The Megan Meier Foundation was established after young Megan, weeks before her 14th birthday, committed suicide due to the effects of Cyber Bullying. This foundation is run by Meganโ€™s mother Tina and her mission is to bring awareness, education and promote positive change to children, parents and educators in response to the issues surrounding bullying and Cyber Bullying in children’s daily environment.

There is plenty of information out there on the issue of Cyber Bullying, and how to prevent it. Even taking a stance as a parent to monitor what children are viewing online is a start. One in four teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4 percent of the time. This needs to change. Join an organization and aid in informing schools across the countries. For more information on the issue of Cyber Bullying and to take a look at other organizations that are taking action, visit my page.

Dealing with bullies can be difficult, not only for a child, but parents as well. Not being able to see first hand what interactions are occurring can make it difficult for an adult to take proper action. DoSomething.org has lots of great information on Cyber Bullying and how to handle it. Here’s a great link on how to handle bullies.

Online tormenting can ruin a person’s life, and even end it. Please help raise awareness and put an end to Cyber Bullying!

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Someone Has to Say It

Fashion trends are always interesting to watch come and go. My favorites this year have bee maxi skirts, although I have yet to own one. Being barely 5’2″ it’s hard to find one that doesn’t swallow me up!

But the one I am not a fan of, is girl’s shorts that are SO INCREDIBLY SHORT. I can literally see their butt cheeks. One, it looks like they have a bad wedgie, and two, I DEFINITELY do not want to see that!

But enough about college clothing trends. This post is about something that should be common sense: respect.

When it comes to the classroom, and students are talking throughout the WHOLE class, not only are you blatantly disrespecting the teach/professor, but you’re disrespecting me!! I am actually trying to learn here.

Unfortunately, I’ve noticed this across all aspects of life, and not just in school. But I was particularly inspired to write about this issue, when I went to a panel discussion put on by the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication: ‘The Challenging Role of Women in Broadcasting.’ Even though I attended the meeting for extra credit, the panel was full of great women who are role models across the Communication spectrum. One being Kay Wight, who was asked by Edward R. Murrow himself to come to New York, along with many, many other achievements. I was really excited for the discussion, but was distracted by the texts messages coming through on the phone next to me. The girl in the seat to my left, was on Twitter, Facebook, refreshing her Instagram feed, and checking her e-mail throughout the whole meeting. And while I tried to ignore it, every buzz or swipe of the thumb made me more and more upset.

I find the disrespect against teachers, professors or authority figures by college students abundant and appalling.

Didn’t Aretha teach us anything? ‘All I’m asking, is for a little respect!’

You may not be interested in what they have to say, but you WILL learn something. Even if that is that what they have to say has no relevance to your life!

While I just went for extra credit, I learned much about the broadcasting industry and even got to know a news anchor from my own local news station. Most of the discussion was about broadcasting and while I’m a Public Relations major, these women had some very profound things to say. For example, Kay Wight said “it’s important that you know who you are, believe in yourself, and you maintain your integrity.” AWESOME!!

Quite frankly, I pity the girl who was distracted and/or uninterested. She missed out on a great discussion! I just wish students would realize how close they are to the real world, how they’re not in high school anymore and respect is extremely important for any relationship!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Ever since we were little, we’ve always been asked, what do you want to be when you grow up?

My answer was simple. A singer/veterinarian/artist.

Then once we hit Junior year of High School, the question becomes what college do you want to go to?

For me, it was without question: Washington State University. It was the only college I applied to!

Then shortly after you get accepted to college, the question finally becomes what do you want to do? I have no doubt that every student has been asked this question. And for some, they’ve known their whole lives! My dream to become a singer slowly died once I realized how hard the famous life is. But I still keep up with it in my spare time. Veterinarian school was out of the question when I couldn’t dissect a fetal pig in high school. And I never really saw a future for myself in the art world. Although it is still one of my passions.

So when people ask what I want to do in my life, I simply answer, I don’t know! All I do know is I want to be happy.

I spent the first three years of college FREAKING OUT that my future was so foggy. But going into my last year I’ve learned to love where I’m at and let the future run its course.

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So what do I want to be when I grow up? I want to be a loving friend, wife, mother, a great listener, I want to be adventurous, I want to be a traveler, and I want to be a collector of old cameras. I want to be wise, caring, someone people wish they could be, a wine drinker, a beach comber, a skier, a teacher, an antique dishware enthusiast, and a photographer…Does that answer your question?

Do not let your fears choose your destiny.

Go Cougs.