Burcu shared this video on Facebook. It’s a video of a YouTuber. I ❤ watching beauty Youtubers. If you have ever read my blog, you probably know that whilst I am a workaholic teacher, I do enjoy watching my beauty YouTubers talk about lifestyle, makeup, food etc. I even blog about it from time to time cause I am a wannabe fashionista. But this video was different.
The video, which is the focus of today’s post, is about looks and mean comments. It’s about (cyber-)bullying and loving yourself. I am going to focus on the bullying. By cyber-bullying I mean, hiding behind a fake (or real) internet name and being mean to someone you do not know. I really, really don’t get that. I mean, do people look themselves in the mirror before that start vomiting hate messages? Since when is cyber-bullying or any type of bullying kinda ….OK? It just seems to be going on and on. When does it stop? How does it stop? What are we, as teachers, doing to stop people from being mean?
Back in the Flintstones’ days, when I was a kid, back in Sydney, I was called four eyes cause I wore/ wear glasses. That hurt. But it wasn’t plastered all over the internet. No Facebook, no YouTube, no ‘likes’.
Today, social media have taken bullying to a whole new level.
I don’t have children, I only have students, which I call my kids. They tell me stories about their ‘friends’ (online/offline-people they know and people they don’t know) and my kids make fun of them, they laugh. They say they post hurtful messages on social media cause, “Well, just for a laugh, Miss” They think it’s hilarious! I have actually told a couple of my kids off for being so hurtful on social media. I have actually called a parent out of concern.
Since when did hurting someone become funny? Seriously, where does all the hate come from? How can it end, and what can we as teachers do about it? Is the fact that our ‘kids’ are becoming so used to ‘impersonal’ communication why this is happening? Why are our kids becoming bullies? Why are we victims of cyber-bullying? I don’t know. I have no answers. Just a bunch of questions.
My next question is, how do you cope and learn to love yourself when you are made to feel like you are a nobody and this becomes viral? How does the bully learn to become more sensitive?
Once again. No answers guys, just a concerned ramble…..
Take a minute and watch the video
This video is taken from the YouTube channel My Pale Skin
Till next time……