Say It 2 My Face

Say It 2 My Face is a campaign started by Taylor Audette, a University of Southern California college student. She began this campaign as a response to the negative effects that result from cyber-bullying and the demoralizing effects caused by some anonymous web sites. Too often people see cyberspace as a world in which anything can be done and said, without long-term harm. Sometimes messages are more easily sent to people that would never have been said to their face. Hurtful language and hateful messages are sent out without any consequences.

With recent permanent life-altering events in the news, it is Audette’s hope that some of these events would not have taken place if people were more conscious of the actions their words have in person and on the internet. Considering that over 42% of kids have been bullied while on line, this is not an isolated problem.

The campaign addresses the issues of cyber-bullying through photography, pledge bracelets, clothing, blogs, video, and music, Say It 2 My Face serves to be a pioneer in the movement to speak out and confront cyber-bullying issues. Also, they encourage others to join them in being a part of the solution to end cyber-bullying by individually taking the pledge, in which people agree to hold themselves accountable for what they say online as well as joining them in their petition against the anonymous websites that foster hate. Don’t be silent on this issue any longer.

Take a stand. Help yourself and help each other.

 

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Help Stop Cyberbullying

Have you or someone you know been a victim of a cyberbully? Did you know there are steps you can take to help stop it from happening? Here are some great tips with a link for more information:

Tips to Stop Cyberbullying

Reposted from ConnectSafely.org

Don’t respond. If someone bullies you, remember that your reaction is usually exactly what the bully wants. It gives him or her power over you. Who wants to empower a bully?

Don’t retaliate. Getting back at the bully turns you into one and reinforces the bully’s behavior. Help avoid a whole cycle of aggression.

Save the evidence. The only good news about digital bullying is that the harassing messages can usually be captured, saved, and shown to someone who can help. You need to do this even if it’s minor stuff, in case things escalate.

Talk to a trusted adult. You deserve backup. It’s always good to involve a parent but – if you can’t – a school counselor usually knows how to help. Sometimes both are needed. If you’re really nervous about saying something, see if there’s a way to report the incident anonymously at school.

Block the bully. If the harassment’s coming in the form of instant messages, texts, or profile comments, do yourself a favor: Use preferences or privacy tools to block the person. If it’s in chat, leave the “room.”

Be civil. Even if you don’t like someone, it’s a good idea to be decent and not sink to the other person’s level. Also, research shows that gossiping about and trash talking others increases your risk of being bullied. Treat people the way you want to be treated.

Don’t be a bully. How would you feel if someone harassed you? You know the old saying about walking a mile in someone’s shoes; even a few seconds of thinking about how another person might feel can put a big damper on aggression. That’s needed in this world.

Be a friend, not a bystander. Watching or forwarding mean messages empowers bullies and hurts victims even more. If you can, tell bullies to stop or let them know harassment makes people look stupid and mean. It’s time to let bullies know their behavior is unacceptable – cruel abuse of fellow human beings. If you can’t stop the bully, at least try to help the victim and report the behavior.

Addition: For more answers for teens about the law, check out this site full of various topics.

Sexting 2.0

As a public service announcement, the Burlington Public Library would like to remind teens who are feeling the urge to sext, to reconsider and know that sexting could do potential harm to yourself and even others. Please reconsider before pushing ‘send’. One day, in the not too distant future, when sitting on the vulnerable side of the interview desk, you may be faced with a potential employer who has a less than appropriate picture of your nether regions taken eons ago, but taken and saved for prosperity, nonetheless, on that big world wide web. This could cause problems in obtaining a job or just be humiliating, to say the least.

On the even more serious side of this issue, in Washington state, sexting can result in state felony charges, including indecency with a child and creation, possession and distribution of child pornography. In the United States, it is against the law to possess lewd photographs of minors and a New York lawyer is petitioning for federal sexting legislation that would make sexting a misdemeanor for minors.

Be aware, sexting, besides being potentially embarrassing, may also be illegal. On the lighter side, here is a video with the same message; If you don’t want someone to “tweet your beets”, don’t sext!