May 14 – Teen suicide vs cyberbullying vs online exploitation

Lots to think about.  When reading articles related to cyberbullying and teen suicide, I look for the commonalities.  It is there that we can piece together some of the facts to why it happens and what we can do to work on prevention.  Who do we focus on teaching – the parents or the kid?  I was listening to some friends who were teachers.  They were wondering how they could get more education for themselves on youth mental health awareness and how to better interact with their students if the need arose.  It’s like having First Aid.  You take the course.  You may never need it.  But you have it just in case.  Knowledge is a good thing.  It really never goes to waste.

Here are some articles to start us off on our knowledge …

 

Are your kids at risk of being cyberbullied?
WDIV Detroit
A recent comment got me thinking about probability and risk factors for being a victim ofcyberbullying. So I did a Google search to learn more about trends when it comes to this phenomenon. What I found was enlightening, but also pretty frightening.

Ask.fm Responds To Cyberbullying Allegations – ArcticStartup
ArcticStartup
However the Latvian based social Q&A site Ask.fm has recently been under a lot of pressure due to allegations of enabling cyberbullying that led to a number of teenage suicides. Last week we raised the question of why companies such as Ask.fm are the 

Warning signs of Cyberbullying
WEAR
And I think sometimes bullies think that they can’t be seen, but it was so easy to see them” The students say cyber-bullying is the biggest problem they hear about. As with all forms of bullying, many victims don’t want to tell. Everee Carswell “The 
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About Carol Todd

Being the mother of Amanda Todd has lead me on this journey shortly after Amanda's death on October 10, 2012. Amanda's prolific You Tube video has been viewed over 33 million times. Through this video, there has been an increased awareness about cyberbullying, social media safety and mental health. www.amandatoddlegacy.org
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5 Responses to May 14 – Teen suicide vs cyberbullying vs online exploitation

  1. merle48 says:

    All the “legalities” muddle the way for compassion and empathy from people who are avoiding legal repercussions. Not everyone will follow suit, but too many do as seen by how many extreme bully incidents are handled by school authorities with “kid gloves.”

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  2. Hamsi says:

    If a student can develop a special relationship with a teacher, who can act as a mentor and guide, it is the most wonderful thing that can happen to the child (like Amanda and Leah — unfortunately Leah probably came too late into Amanda’s life). Such teachers are born, not made. That said, sensitivity training for teachers is very essential. The aim should be to develop compassion and empathy, not develop legally safe positions on issues.

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  3. merle48 says:

    To Savetheworld, I was thinking the same thing…opening up to the people closest to them without feeling it’s a burden. Kids never want to disappoint their parents, and they probably feel they would be in some cases, but what about the kids whose parents don’t interact with them anyway? Then it’s a double-whammy. So I believe the parents need as much education, if not more than their kids.

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  4. Savetheworld says:

    They have one thing in common they are all amazing wonderful really good kids! They care!! They probably don’t want to burden their parents so they keep it to themselves. We need to open communication with kids and we need to get the schools to educate them and empower them! Prevention first! Xo

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