I’m so angry. I’ve just heard about the attempted and thankfully failed suicide of a teenager. Apparently they were being bullied online and couldn’t take it anymore.
I am thoroughly convinced the Internet is the worst thing that has happened to our children.
Cyber bullying, cyber predators, cyber sex, peer pressure, image distortion, to much personal information being shared, terrorists using it as a platform…
Kids are learning this is “normal”. They don’t see or understand the consequences of publishing every detail of their lives online. They think we’re stupid when we try to tell them otherwise. I wish people had to have a license to use online media the same as they do to drive a car.
How many more children have to kill themselves or self harm before we say “enough”?
I said this to my daughter who immediately got defensive and snapped back with “there’s nastiness in adult groups too”
Yes there is nastiness on a lot of adult internet platforms. You only have to read comments on Facebook posts or news websites to see some truly ghastly examples but – here’s the thing, we are all adults. We didn’t have to put up, we could and should ignore or walk away. We certainly know better than to treat someone else’s vile remarks as fact.
Kids don’t have the experience to realize whose opinions matter and who’s aren’t genuine, those that are merely malicious.
Adults know it’s ‘crap on the Internet’. We know how to take what we want from it and leave the rest.
That’s the whole problem though. Social media has far too few restrictions to prevent is misuse and there are more people lobbying for freedom of the Internet than people interested in teaching or showing self control. I’ve seen ugliness on the internet I’ve never seen when people are face to face.
Society is suffering a meltdown because of social media misuse and it needs to stop.