People laugh about it, or think "They're just words, it's no big deal" But it is. A girl named Megan Meier committed suicide because of cruel words that were written about her on a social networking site. What you say to someone can hurt them, it can even cause them to take their life.
September 2006, ABC News reported on a survey prepared by I-Safe.Org. This 2006 survey of 1,500 students between grades 4-8 reported:
- 42% of kids have been bullied while online. One in four have had it happen more than once.
- 35% are special ed.
- 21% of kids have received mean or threatening e-mails or other messages.
- 58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. More than four out of ten say it has happened more than once.
- 58% have not told their parents or an adult about something mean or hurtful things that happened to them online.
- When you see cyber bullying or physical/verbal bullying happening. Tell someone who can help. An adult, the police, a counselor. Or report it to the website where the bullying is taking place.
- Raise awareness. Pass this post on. Or anything that will get everyone's attention.
- Check out www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov for more.
Sources are from Wikipedia.org.