Gone – flitted away,
Taken the stars from the night and the sun from the day!
Gone, and a cloud in my heart.
I am always so aware of being a source of inspiration and a place where my readers, my friends can come and re-energize themselves. However on October 10th, 2012 something happened that is still tearing my insides apart and for that very reason I have to write about it.
The isolation one suffers being bullied is something I can relate too, having being bullied myself as a young child. I understand the circumstances, the age of the people involved were totally different but the similarity still lied in this feeling of total isolation. Ironic isn’t it to feel So. Very. Alone. at a period in time when anyone has the whole world’s news at their fingertips and is virtually connected with everyone they know.
Being a teenager nowadays has to be more confusing than when I grew up and a lot scarier too. The whole “social media” aspect to their young lives did not exist when I was a young girl. In this particular instance, if a young teenager girl had a lapse of judgment, not only did she have to feel sorry for her actions, but on top of it she also had to suffer the heavy consequence of everyone watching and judging her on a very public platform. Such a nightmare!
So much pain in this video and so much suffering my heart aches and I wonder what could have been done to make her change her mind. As the parent of two teenagers what is my responsibility? Am I doing all of what is in my power to ensure that the dangers lurking within the virtual world we live in, stay at bay? I can not help but wonder…
I am putting Amanda Todd’s video as a conclusion to my post.
- Amanda Todd tragedy highlights how social media makes bullying inescapable (theglobeandmail.com)
- Vancouver area teen commits suicide after telling story of being cyberbullied (o.canada.com)