It has become increasingly clear that cyberbullying is one of the most serious threats currently facing young people online. Over the past year alone, we’ve heard far too many horrific stories from around the world that end in the suicide of a child, a needless death often brought about by feelings of self-hatred and hopelessness.
Which means there are countless other victims suffering in silence right now. Considering their options, trying their best to cope.
Cyberbullying is not like the bullying of the past, where the main offenders at school could be identified and ultimately disciplined. Cyberbullying, by contrast, doesn’t end when the victim makes it home safely at the end of the school day. It is far more anonymous now, so bullies don’t have much fear of getting caught. They can strike their prey at any time, 24 hours a day. They can be relentless because bullying online is practically effortless.
At Kiwi, we’re going to keep focusing on cyberbullying in our blogs, seminars and online resources. However, considering the life-and-death nature of this particular issue, we felt that more could be done to help young people who are suffering right now.
I Get Bullied Too is a social media campaign that gives a voice to the victims of cyberbullying. This Kiwi initiative provides a space for young people to tell their own stories, however they like. They can even do so anonymously, in order to protect their identities.
The goal is to create spaces on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and YouTube where young people who are being oppressed in their daily lives can freely express their feelings and hopefully experience a healing catharsis.
We want young people in crisis to understand above all that they are not alone. That there are, in fact, thousands of kids around the world facing a similar struggle. This expression and sharing of stories may not put an end to cyberbullying, but campaigns like I Get Bullied Too just may help make the world a little less lonely for the vulnerable people who need to cry out for help the most. And to know that their cries, at the very least, are being heard.
If you’re in distress and need a place to share your cyberbullying stories, offer survival tips, or just vent, please look for the I Get Bullied Too page on these social media sites. Don’t forget to read our posting rules before you share!
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Just remember: Be supportive. Be human. Be real. And above all, be yourself.