Some of our children are bullied on a daily basis in school. The bullying can began as early as elementary school and continue into high school. In today’s cyber world, bullying by others now can be done on social media. “You’re fat,” ugly as sin,” and “you are stupid” are some of the words that bullies use to destroy a person’s self-esteem, which is awful when the words are stated directly to a person’s face. The anonymity of social media has the potential to cause others to bully the innocent person.
Facebook can bring people together but also can cause negative reactions. When a child is perceived to be different, their peers can use social media to ostracized the child. Most people, no matter the age, has the desire for acceptance in their peer group. Parents, school officials, and other community members can become champions for all children whether they are being bullied or not.
Although the following chart was created in 2009, the information is still relevant today. In 2016, there is SnapChat, Periscope, and Instagram which can be used to exclude our children from their peer group.
The following blog has important information to assist those who are thinking about suicide: https://inspiremesocially.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/suicide-prevention-and-social-media/comment-page-1/#comment-3