BULLYING and cyber-bullying is a serious (and sometimes even deadly) growing epidemic. It is negatively affecting our youth and we, as parents, need to be pro-active and vigilant in helping to protect our children!! It is a universal problem faced by kids of every age in today’s society. It happens in schools, neighborhoods, and homes every single day.
It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students (Source: National Education Association). Social media has allowed this disturbing new trend to escalate to extreme levels. Youth today cannot hide from bully attacks as it can happen through different forms of communication: in person, social media, email, text messages and/or phone calls. It is time for parents, schools, law enforcement and communities nationwide to take a stand against this type of disturbing behavior, blatant personal attacks, and public humiliation. We must work together in order to find solutions to this global problem…. Before we have to endure anymore heartbreaking stories like “Amanda Todd.” (see video below)
AMANDA TODD’S STORY — VIDEO SHE PUBLISHED PRIOR TO COMMITTING SUICIDE
“I’m struggling to stay in this world, because everything just touches me so deeply. I’m not doing this for attention. I’m doing this to be an inspiration and to show that I can be strong. I did things to myself to make pain go away, because I’d rather hurt myself then someone else. Haters are haters but please don’t hate, although im sure I’ll get them. I hope I can show you guys that everyone has a story, and everyone’s future will be bright one day, you just gotta pull through. I’m still here aren’t I ?” – Amanda Todd (Published on her YouTube video on 9/7/12)
Amanda Todd’s Final Video (4 Hours Before Death)
She recorded this video on October 10, 2012 @ 11am, 4-hours later she killed herself…. RIP Amanda Todd
TEENS REACT TO AMANDA TODD’S DEATH AND BULLYING
Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year.
1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4 percent of the time.
Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying.
1 in 7 students in grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying.
56 percent of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.
Over two-thirds of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying.
71 percent of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.
90 percent of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying.
1 out 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying.
Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75 percent of school-shooting incidents.
Physical bullying increases in elementary school, peaks in middle school and declines in high school.
—Verbal abuse, on the other hand, remains constant.
Need help? In the U.S. call 1-800-273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline