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Posted 9/20/17 , edited 9/21/17
Recently Melania Trump made a speech in regards to cyber bullying and its effect on our youth.


The first lady called on world leaders to 'step up' to improve the lives of children who get 'terrorized' and 'bullied' in a speech at the UN Wednesday.


Her position is one that claims cyberbullying is something we have to take action against because of the potential impact on our future generations. She equates cyber bullying to terrorizing someone...is it really online terrorism if you can close your eyes to make it go away?


'We need to step up, come together, and ensure that our children's future is bright.'

'No child should ever feel hungry, stalked, frightened, terrorized, bullied, isolated or afraid, with nowhere to turn,' she said.


Now its in my opinion that cyber bullying isn't as big an issue as its being presented as. I think the newer generations lack the experience of real bullying or even real problems and thus when faced with a little criticism or unpleasantly words they break down and let something so insignificant affect their lives.

The issue of bullying is only a problem when you cannot resolve it by removing yourself from the situation or by pleading with the other party to leave you alone. But on the internet? You can log off the computer, you can avoid websites where there are individuals going after you, most sites allow you to ignore certain individuals so you don't have to see what they are saying towards you.

There are many ways to avoid and completely disregard the cyber "bullies".

Questions that come to mind are... why are individuals subject to thinking that they are helpless towards cyber bullies as if the bullies were constantly stalking/threatening individuals with tangible real life threat and harm. Why are our young individuals allowing someone from the other side of the globe have so much influence on their feelings and well being. How does someones imagination of a threat actually establish grounds for legal repercussions against the "bully". Why does our culture foster this mindset of sensitivity and butt hurt as things we must protect.(last I knew its not the governments job to protect peoples feelings)

Offense is taken never given. If this is true then why are the "offenders/bullys" to blame.

Is it not the victims fault for placing themselves in an environment online (willingly or passively through not removing themselves ) where their sensitivity might be challenged?

What are your thoughts? Does it exist? Is it a problem? If so how can we address it? If not what are we doing wrong and what lines thought can we change to remove the ghost of cyber bullying from the discussion table.
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I've never been cyber bullied because I know how to hit a fucking block button or ignore stuff. A lot of times people post something stupid online then they get hit with the repercussions then cry cyber bullying. The worst I have had is stalkers mass reporting everything I post or trying to troll my every post.

I think people are just getting thin skinned.
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It's an update of the old style "mean girl" type of bullying, or the writing your ex girlfriend's name and number on a public restroom wall. Like the whispers behind the back, only this time there have been hidden cameras and footage on the internet.
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Tyler, the Creator said it best.
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Yes. Example: Her husband's entire twitter feed, basically.
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The thing with cyber bullying when it comes to children is it is often not with random strangers online but their peers. They are forced to spend eight hours a day going to school with these people whether they like it or not, only to go home and also receive harassment online. Cyber bullying can also have real world effects whether you are a child or not. Things like doxing or people posting things about you where future employers/others you might have to deal with in the real world can see can very much effect your day to day life. While simply unplugging or hitting the block button will deal with a lot of trolls, more internet savvy people can still easily circumvent this and cause further problems.
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Nice try with the derailment but this isn't about Trump.

Simply stating yes does not strengthen your position and gives no reasoning as to why your position is valid or even to be considered. But if you simply wished to state your position as yes then there is no need to drag The Presidents name into this.
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Yes. They are genuine times where something unfortunate happens because of cyberbullying. But yes, a lot of it is also bullshit. Nuance is not that complicated people
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Of course it is a thing. Esecially if your real identity is over there, it can be very devastating to one's real life stability. Folks are over here losing jobs over stupid twitter videos of them being little drunk in a party. Going away doesn't juust make it not potentially dangerous otherwise attempted assault is not really a thing since it can be theoretically avoided.

That being said, it's a lot easier to handle than actual bullying. Its virtual foundation makes it also much less direct.
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It is certainly real. Simply asking this as a question is an act of ignorance or lack of information.

The issue lies with the parents, and how they go about handling their children's access to the internet.

For example, When I was a child, the Nintendo 64 was new. There wasn't a real "Internet" yet developed for gamers at this time. But I wasn't allowed to use a pc until I was 12 or 13, and internet access was restricted to "greenlit" websites that my parents.

Upon Getting access to the full internet at age 15, When my parents felt I was mature enough to understand; My parents sat me down and had a conversation with me. They told me that I need to understand that some interactions with unsavory people are bound to occur at one point or another, be it online or face to face. How I responded, they said, is what mattered.

If someone was saying I am trash, or that I should kill myself or (insert typical "cyber bullying" remark here), they told me to ask myself, "Have I done anything to deserve these remarks?" If the answer was No. They told me that, "If the answer to the question to yourself is no, Perhaps the person in question's opinion is just a load of shit, and you should simply ignore them."(Yes, I laughed out loud when they told me that) And if It was yes, "Well, you deserved it for acting like a douchebag."

Finally, in the scenario of harassment, they said "Ignore it long enough and they'll get bored of it. If it's in person, call the cops."

Pretty vulgar sounding, but that conversation gave me the knowledge necessary to fight off bullying of the cyber variant.

Kids are exposed to the full swing of life on the internet, they need to be prepared to be able to deal with idiot bullies.

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I think she is just mad because she is married to the Cyber-Bully-in-Chief.
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I think that cyber bullying does exist. When having done something (anything really) on the internet, is the conscious/unconscious intent to bully enough to be considered cyber bullying? I believe that, in almost every case, (un)conscious intent matters. Assuming that this is the case, then (regardless of the outcome) cyber bullying exists. Going off of this assumption leads to a few questions:

Is cyber bullying as effective or as significant as physical or emotional bullying? I believe that cyber bullying has exactly the same amount of impact on the targeted individual(s) as any other type of bullying.

Is cyber bullying easily avoided? Ultimately, this is different for each individual and not everyone will be able to get over being bullied easily. If giving advice that worked for one human being always worked for all human beings, then the world would be a lot less complicated.

Is cyber bullying a problem? Personally, I believe bullying in general is a problem. Since cyber bullying is a smaller piece of the overall bullying problem, then I would say that cyber bullying is a problem.

How can we address cyber bullying? Changing any type of bullying behavior (or any behavior in general) is not always easy and I believe it to be a huge challenge that stems from the overall lack of conversation around mental health issues in all parts of life. In order to address bullying, a larger change must be done to remove the stigma around mental health issues with the intent to start conversations about mental health.
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Yeah, though the media as a whole likes to create an atmosphere of victimhood, ignoring the importance of allowing folks to stand on their own two feet. That, and, as a political figurehead, it's quite plain that her motivation is for the betterment of her and her husband's image. Politics is the same, regardless of who sits in the Whitehouse.
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Absolutely not, grow a thicker skin and remember, the exit is always just 1 click away.
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TheAngryLittleAlchemist wrote:

Yes. They are genuine times where something unfortunate happens because of cyberbullying. But yes, a lot of it is also bullshit. Nuance is not that complicated people


This.
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