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    Is Cyberbullying real?

    So apparently a trans-gender game modder killer him/herself by jumping off a bridge due to people urging him/her to do so thinking that it was all a big ploy to get more attention to their mods. I honestly rolled my eyes at it. It's always bad when someone dies, commits suicide but c'mon. Really? I think my crude sentiment can be best summed up by Tyler the Creator's Tweet:

    Hahahahahahahaha How The **** Is Cyber Bullying Real Hahahaha Nigga Just Walk Away From The Screen Like Nigga Close Your Eyes Haha
    Sure that is really crude but the guy is straight to the point. It's ridiculous. Your weapon against it is the on/off switch on the back of the computer. The sleep/wake button on top of the iPhone. So not really a political thing, just think it's one of those made up white people problems we have nowadays that end up becoming a thing bigger than it really needs to be. So thoughts?
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    Re: Is Cyberbullying real?

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWOlin View Post
    So apparently a trans-gender game modder killer him/herself by jumping off a bridge due to people urging him/her to do so thinking that it was all a big ploy to get more attention to their mods. I honestly rolled my eyes at it. It's always bad when someone dies, commits suicide but c'mon. Really? I think my crude sentiment can be best summed up by Tyler the Creator's Tweet:



    Sure that is really crude but the guy is straight to the point. It's ridiculous. Your weapon against it is the on/off switch on the back of the computer. The sleep/wake button on top of the iPhone. So not really a political thing, just think it's one of those made up white people problems we have nowadays that end up becoming a thing bigger than it really needs to be. So thoughts?
    Made up white people problems? No, I don't think so. Kids today have so many other issues to deal with than we do, and this is one of them. The internet is a constant, whether you turn off your computer or not. There are still going to be people making fun of you, whether you are there to see it or not. And when you get to school the next day, the harassment continues. Why should the bullied student be forced to stay off the internet? It's like blaming the victim. Personally, I think more parents should watch what their kids do, and who they do it to. Maybe then this "made up white people problem" will go away.
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    Re: Is Cyberbullying real?

    If you meet someone on the street and they say, 'you're fat', or 'you're ugly,' or 'you're a fag', and then you walk away from them, does that erase the memory of their words and the reminder of the social stigmas that some people may face, real or not?

    When you turn off the computer or walk away...you are still who you are...and now you face the world where you may believe that that is all other people see when they meet you.
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    Re: Is Cyberbullying real?

    Although I'd been a victim of cyber bullying in only the most miniscule way myself once before, apparently it can reach levels of toxicity that are simply mind boggling.

    On Christmas Eve 2007, during the winter break of her junior year, Chen discovered that an ex-boyfriend had posted intimate photos of her on the Internet. This practice now has a name: revenge porn. Back then, it was simply called scandalous.

    Chen wasnít just an anonymous student. As a freshman at Harvard, she started a blog called Sex and the Ivy, where she wrote about her hookups, self-medication with alcohol, recovery from an eating disorder and crushing desire to be liked. All standard stuff for a college student.

    Chen didnít think it was such a big deal. She didnít appreciate the fact that she was a teenage girl, talking about sex, while attending Harvard. Her blog set the Ivy League on fire, drawing the attention of national media. Her public journaling took on new gusto. She was majoring in sociology and steeped in gender theory; she thought she was living her politics by offering an uncensored female take on sex.

    But that winter day, she became a minor celebrity with naked photos on the Internet. For some, this was righteous comeuppance for the campus harlot. For others it was just great gossip. Classmates and other titillated parties reposted the images around the Web, and comment threads exploded with colorful debate.
    Sex, lies and the Internet: The tale of Lena Chen | Al Jazeera America

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    Re: Is Cyberbullying real?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lursa View Post
    If you meet someone on the street and they say, 'you're fat', or 'you're ugly,' or 'you're a fag', and then you walk away from them, does that erase the memory of their words and the reminder of the social stigmas that some people may face, real or not?

    When you turn off the computer or walk away...you are still who you are...and now you face the world where you may believe that that is all other people see when they meet you.
    I was given a very useful piece of advise back in the day. Due to my PTSD during and from my childhood abuse, I wasn't much liked and got verbally assaulted from time to time, additionally I had all my parents verbal assaults running around in my head. Anyway the advise she gave me was this...

    If a crazy drunk guy came up to you and told you that your eyes were neon purple, would you believe him? No, you wouldn't. You know it's a lie. So when people lie about you, regardless of family or schoolmate, just remember that if a crazy drunk can't make you believe a lie, neither should you allow anyone else.

    Quite literally now when people start commenting in a way that's clearly a misrepresentation of who I am, my first thought is "purple eyes," and it doesn't effect me as much. Now if a person is a friend or family member who is doing thusly often, then they simply are no longer part of my life. I see no point in having people who trash others around me or my loved ones, nor people that don't know when it's no longer funny. You know the type, says something just really crappy and then says, "aw, can't you take a joke."

    Anyway, cyberbullying is real. But I believe instead of making the bullies the focus of our response, we need to find a way to empower kids to resist the effects of bullying. Disempower them arseholes, kind of like I did today actually, disempowering that cop by refusing to play his game at all.
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    Re: Is Cyberbullying real?

    No it isn't real.
    Honestly I think as social media advances in the future medical professionals are going to have to be given the power to have courts remove internet access for certain individuals for their own safety.





    What is real is medically-speaking mentally and or emotionally unstable individuals who suffer from ailments such as ADHD, Medical forms of stress tension, paranoia and other mental health issues then hop on the internet and go into the worst possible places they can, social media, forums, facebook, youtube, skype and they proceed to essentially do the exact opposite of what their doctor said never to do. Then they have massive mental health attacks (No surprise) and instead of pulling the plug of their PC/turning off their phone they start making videos and other social media posts about how "Bad the world is to them" and surprise surprise the world doesn't take kindly to being called "Bad" by some person who's dealing with serious medical health issues mentally speaking.

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    Re: Is Cyberbullying real?

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    I was given a very useful piece of advise back in the day. Due to my PTSD during and from my childhood abuse, I wasn't much liked and got verbally assaulted from time to time, additionally I had all my parents verbal assaults running around in my head. Anyway the advise she gave me was this...

    If a crazy drunk guy came up to you and told you that your eyes were neon purple, would you believe him? No, you wouldn't. You know it's a lie. So when people lie about you, regardless of family or schoolmate, just remember that if a crazy drunk can't make you believe a lie, neither should you allow anyone else.

    Quite literally now when people start commenting in a way that's clearly a misrepresentation of who I am, my first thought is "purple eyes," and it doesn't effect me as much. Now if a person is a friend or family member who is doing thusly often, then they simply are no longer part of my life. I see no point in having people who trash others around me or my loved ones, nor people that don't know when it's no longer funny. You know the type, says something just really crappy and then says, "aw, can't you take a joke."

    Anyway, cyberbullying is real. But I believe instead of making the bullies the focus of our response, we need to find a way to empower kids to resist the effects of bullying. Disempower them arseholes, kind of like I did today actually, disempowering that cop by refusing to play his game at all.
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    Re: Is Cyberbullying real?

    Here is my thing, I've dealt with depression, etc etc, my brother for example got bullied in High School for coming out as gay but he loves, just simply loves PC games. When he gets into a tussle with someone online, in say a forum you know what he does? This is crazy guys check this out...you got a ignore/block option! The internet is an amazing thing! The whole meeting a guy in the street thing I think that's a totally different deal. My brother he is a sensitive guy, he "dealt" with "cyber bullying" before and all it takes is 2 clicks and poof it's all gone!
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    Re: Is Cyberbullying real?

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWOlin View Post
    Here is my thing, I've dealt with depression, etc etc, my brother for example got bullied in High School for coming out as gay but he loves, just simply loves PC games. When he gets into a tussle with someone online, in say a forum you know what he does? This is crazy guys check this out...you got a ignore/block option! The internet is an amazing thing! The whole meeting a guy in the street thing I think that's a totally different deal. My brother he is a sensitive guy, he "dealt" with "cyber bullying" before and all it takes is 2 clicks and poof it's all gone!
    Really? He's forgotten all about it and doesnt think that perhaps, such insults are shared out in society?
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    Re: Is Cyberbullying real?

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWOlin View Post
    Here is my thing, I've dealt with depression, etc etc, my brother for example got bullied in High School for coming out as gay but he loves, just simply loves PC games. When he gets into a tussle with someone online, in say a forum you know what he does? This is crazy guys check this out...you got a ignore/block option! The internet is an amazing thing! The whole meeting a guy in the street thing I think that's a totally different deal. My brother he is a sensitive guy, he "dealt" with "cyber bullying" before and all it takes is 2 clicks and poof it's all gone!
    OK that's 1.

    What about the other countless people who aren't as mentally healthy? Kids are jumping off of water towers over this. They are shooting up schools over this. I don't think it should be discounted.
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