Cyberbullying, the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature, is a significant problem that continues to plague our younger generation. And parents know this, as mothers and fathers around the country continually plead to put an end to it.
In this case, an anonymous woman posted a video to Facebook, hoping to get a message out to help with the war on cyberbullying.
The video starts with her talking about a day at work, where multiple coworkers talked to her about the experiences their children had with cyberbullying. According to her, at least five of these employees had their own personal stories regarding their children, including one who said someone told her daughter to kill herself.
“The worst part is that there was nobody that came to the daughter’s defense,” she said. “And that probably hurt the most.”
While stopping at a Chick-fil-A that night, the woman, her husband, and their 1-year-old and 5-year-old children, sat down next to eight teenage girls.
According to the mother, this group of girls looked like a bunch of nice, pretty, young ladies.
That is, until they started talking.
The woman overheard their conversations about how they were all making fun of one teenage girl on social media. Her image of them became shattered upon hearing the names they were using for this poor girl.
Then, the lady heard something that she didn’t forget.
“They were trying to get one of the girls to post, ‘Why don’t you just kill yourself already?'” she said.
“My heart is breaking,” the mother said about that quote in the video.
It’s heavy to hear about cyberbullying so much in the span of one day. And that one comment from the girl made her think about the future.
She imagined her own children being the ones to receive this sort of hateful speech from others. But then, something even more horrifying came to her mind.
Afraid that her children would grow up to be just like these girls, making others feel horrible about themselves, the mother couldn’t bear to hear anymore of this.
So when it was time to leave, the mother went up to the group, and told them something simple.
“It’s nice to be pretty on the outside, but the most important thing is to be pretty on the inside.”
This single comment from the mother made all of the teenage girls bow their heads, and she claimed she could see the shame in all of their faces.
She stresses the importance of this encounter; these girls looked nice at first, and were most likely involved in church, and yet, they had no problem with putting others down like that.
The mother ends the video pleading with parents to monitor their kids’ social media use, and telling them how to stop this.
“The most important thing we can do for our kids is teach them to be decent human beings,” she said. “And teach them that they need to jump in and stop it where it is.”
This mother’s post has already gained over 2,000 likes on Facebook, and judging by the comments, it’s clear that her message is resonating with other parents.
“Yes you did the right thing,” a comment from a concerned mother said. “If you see something say something!”
Many of the responses praised this woman for speaking out on a topic that many remain silent on. Most of the parents in the comment section detailed what they were doing to take action on this, including monitoring their children’s social media and cell phones.
According to BullyingStatistics, half of teens and adolescents have been cyberbullied, and 50 percent of kids that age have been the ones initiating it.
This woman wants to remind all of us that we have the power to change this. The silence about cyberbullying can be just as bad as the behavior itself, and people shouldn’t be afraid to speak up.
“We can’t let this continue,” she said at the end.
Hopefully, this video can be a vital part of the movement to inspire parents to talk to their children, and, in turn, save lives and stop cyberbulling once and for all.