I guess, to start this post off, I'm sick of bullying.
I go to a school of 80 kids, if some type of drama is happening you can guarantee everyone knows it. It isn't easy to keep it on the down low. But at a school of maybe 2,000 kids - I'm sure it's pretty easy. In fact, I know it's easy for everyone to pretend it isn't happening.
We have programs, websites, photos, blogs, classes, clubs, and more all with the goal of ending bullying - whether it be in the work place or in school.
What is a burn book? It is based off a book in the movie Mean Girls where the girls write down hate/gossip/etc about people they know.
People tend to rub off what bullies are doing because maybe they are just sad, maybe they have at home problems, etc, etc. People don't want to deal with bullies - it's something we tend to avoid. Administrators tend to avoid it, teachers tend to avoid it, the people who we are told to report bullying to like to pretend it isn't happening.
“A bully with charisma and top marks is still a bully. He'll probably end up Prime Minister one day. God help us all.”
― Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls
But what can you do when an app made specifically for posting anonymously about people is created? Every school is on it, whether you are a school of 80 or 2000. It's a problem, I wish I could show you screenshots but that would be spreading the drama and spreading mean things said about people.
(Read about it here)
I know that high schools in my area are giving speeches on cyber-bullying, even my school got one. But telling students to stop isn't going to make them stop. What might help is people stop encouraging it. The app makers can say they don't approve, but they made the app and it's pretty obvious what this would lead to. It's like the website Ask.fm - the anonymous option is just a gate way to bullying.
I guess I'm just furious people create platforms for bullying. It needs to stop. That's all.
“Every time you post something online, you have a choice.
You can either make it something that adds to the happiness levels in the world—or you can make it something that takes away.
I tried to add something by starting Girl Online.
And for a while, it really seemed to be working.
So, next time you go to post a comment or an update or share a link, ask yourself: is this going to add to the happiness in the world?
And if the answer is no, then please delete.
There is enough sadness in the world already. You don’t need to add to it.”
― Zoe Sugg