Seventeen magazine and ABC Family have joined forces to combat one of the biggest enemies out there in today’s world; digital drama. Their new Delete Digital Drama campaign includes some of our favorite stars (like Shay Mitchell from Pretty Little Liars) and it even includes the newest ABC Family movie Cyberbully.
Long before Facebook was even invented, we had MySpace, Xanga, and a billion other such sites. Cyberbullying has been an increasing problem across the world via the internet since it’s conception. I can attest that pre-teens, teens, college students, and even young adults spend hours and hours on the internet a day. Even my 8 year-old cousin has a Facebook.
Much like Taylor in the movie (in case you haven’t seen it yet you should), many kids often get angry with their parents when mom and dad try to regulate their activity on the computer. It’s hard to realize when you’re young that they really are trying to protect us.
Cyberbullying is no joke. Kids can be exponentially harsh and it seems to be getting worse as time goes by. A lot of the time people don’t realize the affect their words have on people and their lives. They think that if they’re not physically harming anyone, it’s OK. Wrong.
Ask any therapist. In so many cases, verbal abuse can be worse than physical. The same goes for bullying people over the web. It’s human nature. People are more likely to believe the negative than the positive. We thrive off drama. It only takes one person to start a rumor about you and that’s it. Your reputation is tarnished, the damage varying depending on the severity of the rumor.
I was raised to always smile at people walking by and if I didn’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Why? Because, you never know how close someone is to the edge. Suicide is a serious problem. It’s all about paying it forward; you never know when one nice comment could save someone’s life. Conversely, you never know when one rumor could end it.
We live in an age where everything and anything can be found on line. Employers can see things you “think” you deleted from your Facebook, friends of friends can see pictures of your vacation to Cancun, there are even programs that allow people to look up your address and phone number. Everything once held sacred is lost once we put it on the internet.
I’ve been called a bitch via twitter and threatened over some stupid boy. People can be petty. It takes a lot of strength to rise above it all, but leading by example can be better than giving into the temptation of the rumors and drama. Contrary to popular belief, life goes on.
I’m glad that such huge entities like Seventeen and ABC Family are taking action in trying to help stop this deadly trend. The movie Cyberbully moved me to tears. The world has enough natural disasters, wars, famines, death, murders, and crimes as it is. Why must we contribute to the toxic of not just our country, but the world by giving in to cyberbullying?
I urge you all to please watch what you do put on the internet, and even if you don’t start it, never be an accessory.