Have You Ever Been A Victim of Bullying?
By Myrhanda Jones
With today's technological advances, my generation has the power to save a life yet putting that power in the wrong hands can harm someone. Today's teenagers are hiding behind a screen that gives them the invincibility to bully one another without being caught or named.
Recently, I was chosen by Cox Communications here in Florida to represent teenagers at a summit called "Take Charge." It was held in Washington, D.C. and was hosted by John Walsh of America's Most Wanted. Teens from all over the U.S. attended and we spoke about Internet safety, sexting, and texting issues that our generation is experiencing. John Walsh and I went to Capitol Hill where we spoke with Rep. Cliff Stearns. I gave him information about the lack of safety that teens seem to have on Facebook and Myspace.
Here are some tips on how to help and prevent bullying:
1. If you are being harassed via text message, ask the person to stop texting you. Then, tell your parents what is happening.
2. If the harassment persists, call the police.
3. Do not return any phone calls or texts from the person harassing you.
Remember that although it is not a crime (yet) to text about your peers or write about them on the Internet, it can be very damaging.
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