Thursday, 17 November 2011

Stick and stones may break my bones

But words will never hurt me. Yeah right. Sorry to disappoint you, but this is not about something beautiful (Rihanna) it's about something horrible, really horrible. This week is anti-bullying week and according to a recent study by the National Children's bureau, 9 out of 10 eleven to sixteen year olds have either experienced it or witnessed it first hand. Bullying, as we're all fully aware, can have disastrous results, it's capable of: triggering eating disorders, self-harm, even suicide and teens are particularly vulnerable.

But we all know that bullying doesn't stop on your sixteenth birthday. I mean, earlier this week we all had a certain girl plastered all over our dashboard. What a way of showing the dark side of the internet! From the lewd comments courtesy of creeps to the downright vile comments left by literally thousands of cruel girls, I for one was left cringing. I mean, very few, if any of us are totally happy with our bodies, we all know how hard it can get comments criticizing our appearance out of our heads. And who here feels comfortable in beachwear? If you do, you're in the minority, and I bet you none of those girls who called her fat were happy in theirs.

Whilst we're at it, raise your hand if you remember Formspring? Now, keep it up if you got hate. Thought as much. It's funny what the promise of anonymity can do to otherwise rational people: death threats, weight jibes, threats, they're just a few examples. Most of this doesn't come from 11-16 year olds, it's coming from 17/18 year olds too. At the moment we're all making academic decisions that will effect our whole lives, we're worrying enough about results to have to worry about signing in to social network sites. It's completely unacceptable, name calling was pathetic enough when we were in the playground. Keep it out the common room.

1 comment:

  1. So true, I posted rude things to a girl at my school on Formspring and I still regret it so much! I haven't said anything mean to anyone anonymously since.