Remember when bullies just pushed you in the schoolyard and took your money? Bullying has hit new heights with the internet. Cyber attacks are getting far too common now. Mainly because it’s so easy to do.
The question is: Why don’t these kids understand that this is WRONG?
The most recent victim of the cyber bully was Tyler Clementi, a freshman at Rutgers University. According to news reports, Tyler’s roommate recorded through his web-cam Tyler have a sexual encounter with another boy. Then proceeded to blast it to his friends via iChat.
Now, Tyler is dead. The humiliation sent him over the edge and he leapt from the George Washington Bridge.
Why would anyone do this to another human being? Did the roommate really think it was funny to humiliate Tyler this way? Was there some grudge between the two boys after only one month of college?
We hear about teenagers being cruel to one another and I’m certain some of us have experienced bullying to a certain degree. That doesn’t stop the shock when it goes too far.
What can we do to stop it? Talk to our kids. Explain why this is wrong. Other than that, we have to trust their judgement.
Tyler didn’t deserve this. Nobody does.
Unfortunately, it won’t be the last time we hear about something like this happening.