My name is Tamer Mahmoud and I writing to briefly talk about Cyber Bullying. I recent watched the movie Cyber Bullying on Netflix, starring Emily Osment and Kay Panabaker of Disney Channel fame. I will admit that even though I was bullied in my youth, technology was not sophisticated enough in my time for cyber bullying to exist. I personally never experienced it, so therefore, it is difficult for me to relate to the experience. But I managed to pick up a few lessons from the movie that I want to share with everyone, teens/children and parents alike.
1) When joining a social media website, such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, etc. Remember that you are doing so at YOUR OWN RISK!! I say this because anything you post will be for the public to watch. It is okay to expand your social network or interact with your friends/associates online but only with those you know!! I urge everyone to make it a priority to NOT post personal or private information on these social websites if you don't want people to know. You never know, but somethings about you can be used by your peers against you.
2) If you don't know someone, don't connect with him/her. I understand these sites were meant to help expand and create networks, but unfortunately, some people out there utilize them to prey on others. There have been stories where people would create fake profiles in order to stalk someone or learn about someone else, as was the case in the movie. If it's someone you don't know or never met before, DON'T BE FRIEND THEM OR CONNECT WITH THEM! You will spare yourself a lot of trouble down the road.
3) Jumping to worst case scenario, and people start teasing you as was in the movie, do not reply back. By doing so, your accomplishing two things: 1) your feeding into there nonsense and only encourage them to continue with there assault as they now know how to get you and 2) you will engage in a never ending back-and-forth that will never end and lead to further trouble/issues that could have the potential of getting out of hand.
4) For the parents, parental oversight, is the KEY! I encourage all parents to monitor there children's activities online and shut off all profiles at the slightest hint of trouble. Your actions may potentially nip the bullying at its root and prevent your child from going through this horrible experience. Establish rules and regulations (within proper limits) of how your child could utilize social media platforms.
5) Going back to the children, if things do heat up, notify an adult be it at school, or more preferably your parent. DO NOT KEEP QUIET! Let a parent know of what goes on so they can take the proper action. Not opening up can lead to further despair; emotionally, mentally, and physically. There have been stories in the news and was almost the case in the movie, where individuals would take their own lives due to cyber bullying. This is not a statistic you want to be a part of. The moment something happens, speak up because failure to do so will create negative feelings that you do not want to have.
This is all that I could think of for now, based off of the movie. If anyone has additional thoughts, points, tips, or comments that would like to add/share, please I encourage you to do so. The only way we will grow by learning from each other!