Amanda Todd’s Story.
October 25, 2012 § Leave a comment
Amanda Todd, a Canadian teen, committed suicide after being bullied online and at school.
She filmed herself and posted the video on Youtube.
*Note this version is not posted by her.
It is quite shocking to watch, especially the very end of the video, when you see her wrist with cuts.
What is cyber bullying?
- Sending mean messages or threats to a person’s email account or cell phone
- Spreading rumors online or through texts
- Posting hurtful or threatening messages on social networking sites or web pages
- Stealing a person’s account information to break into their account and send damaging messages
- Pretending to be someone else online to hurt another person
- Taking unflattering pictures of a person and spreading them through cell phones or the Internet
- Sexting, or circulating sexually suggestive pictures or messages about a person
Obviously, what Amanda faced was clearly categorised as ‘cyber bullying’.
Statistics of cyber bullying (according to The Harford Country Examiner) are shown as follows;
- Around half of teens have been the victims of cyber bullying
- Only 1 in 10 teens tells a parent if they have been a cyber bully victim
- Fewer than 1 in 5 cyber bullying incidents are reported to law enforcement
- 1 in 10 adolescents or teens have had embarrassing or damaging pictures taken of themselves without their permission, often using cell phone cameras
- About 1 in 5 teens have posted or sent sexually suggestive or nude pictures of themselves to others
- Girls are somewhat more likely than boys to be involved in cyber bullying
It is surprising and dramatic to see how many kids are actually involved in cyber bullying, and to make matters worse, they do not even realise cyber bullying is serious and illegal.
I guess this is because nowadays children are so familiar with technologies such as mobile phone and computer, and some of them do not seem to understand the difference between real world and virtual world, which is extremely baaaad!
In Amanda’s case, I would not say Amanda did not do anything wrong (I’m not justifying the horrid bullying towards her at all though). Why would she show her topless photo to a stranger in the first place? She should have been aware of “likely events” that might have occured – i.e. this stranger abuses her photo
Once you use the internet for anything such as chat, blogging, facebook, you should be aware and careful with what you do in order to avoid any risks of bullying or abusing.
I hope Amanda’s video and whole story make people aware of cyber bullying and prevents people from doing it.