As we all know, social networking and social media applications are here to stay. However, the question at hand is what purpose is it serving in and for your life? Some individuals use these sites/applications to either further their career or connect with friends and family. Others use social mediums to emotionally and psychologically bully others.
On March 10, 2014, CNN posted an article about a new application, Yik Yak. This application creates anonymous chatrooms, where hundreds of users may connect based on their GPS location. Although this application was designed for college students to use as a virtual bulletin board, it has now become a vehicle for cyber bullying for high school students (for more information please click on Source below).
Yik Yak is not the first application that was created for a positive purpose but turned into a negative means, and it certainly will not be the last! This post is a call to action to end all cyber bullying. Recently, we have seen cyber bullying spiral out of control with all age groups. Cyber bullying not only affects a person's self-esteem, but it can also lead to suicide and depression.
As an individual who wants to be a F.I.R.E. the below steps are key:
- Take personal responsibility for your actions
- Do not bring others down to build yourself up
- Take leadership roles and speak out against bullying and cyber bullying
- Check yourself, before you wreck yourself or someone else - Think before you speak, tweet, post, download or press send
If you or someone you may know are bullying or being bullied, please contact me for resources to help end this vicious cycle.