Archive | September, 2012

Parents: Help Your Child Prevent Bullying

7 Sep
Take A Stand Agains Bullying

Take A Stand Agains Bullying (Photo credit: TheBeachSaint)

The start of a new school year  (in the Northern Hemisphere) brings with it a risk of bullying. Here’s an article I found which could be very useful to parents and guardians to help children prevent and deal with bullying.

5 Ways to Help Your Child Prevent Bullying this School Year.

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No One Deserves To Be Told To Kill Themselves

1 Sep

I’m sure some of you are aware of the Charlotte Dawson situation that has arisen over the last couple of days and the stream of abusive messages directed toward her that sparked concern over the monitoring and regulation of social media content.

For those of you unaware, the gist of the story from what I understand, is that in the past, Dawson may have made some controversial comments and statements. As a result, hundreds of Twitter users (according to an unnamed source) jumped on the bandwagon and unleashed a whole load of abusive and downright appalling tweets, some of which sounded to be so full of hate. If you’re interested in the full story, check out my previous post which is a re-blog or Google it. Fast and simple.

The tweets I’m talking about here mostly consisted of spiteful comments such as “go hang yourself” , “it’s a good thing you cannot breed” and “please put your face in a toaster”. From what I’ve read pictures of dead bodies covered in blood were also sent to her.

I’m not sure exactly what really sparked the abusive tweets and I haven’t really done much research into the background of the story but I do know one thing, no one deserves to be treated that way and be sent messages like that. Regardless of a person’s character, they shouldn’t be bombarded with such hate. Yes, she may have said or done things that may have upset others but there are other ways of handling the situation. Nothing good comes from telling her to “kill herself promptly”.

I’ve seen these sort of messages before, directed at others who’ve mentioned via social media that they were going to kill themselves or commit self-harm. It’s a sad thing to see. What if the target of such abuse heeds the words directed at them and does in fact kill themselves? What happens then? Wouldn’t you feel guilty?

I honestly don’t know what to make of all this other than the shock of what’s become of our world and the people who live in it. When did we all become so vindictive and hateful? Don’t we all have better and more important things to do in our lives?

What are your thoughts? Do any of you know more to the story?

*NOTE: this is just my personal opinion of the story.

1 Sep

Despite any hypocritical or controversial statements she’s made in the past, no one deserves to be to be treated that way. The amount of abusive tweets she’s received is appalling and makes me question what’s becoming of society.

The Foreverthings

Former New Zealand TV Presenter Charlotte Dawson, now known for her hosting position on Australia’s Next Top Model, has been hospitalised after a drawn-out abusive war on Twitter last night.

The 46-year-old was attended to at 3:05am by paramedics, after the TV personality posted a suicidal tweet in response to ongoing abuse from the account of Tanya Heti, a mentor at Monash University.

Dawson appeared on Australian television last night to discuss the effects of Twitter bullying, including her recent endurance of followers demanding she go hang herself promptly.

The war soon grew heated after Heti was tracked down by Dawson, after her Twitter bullying was reported to the University. Her appearance on television last night saw more than 100 messages of abuse–many of which Dawson retweeted on her own profile–telling the celebrity to “go neck yourself you filthy s***” and “please put your face in a toaster”.

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