We’ve all seen the movie Mean Girls I assume right? Such a great movie. As much as we love to watch it and are entertained by what we see on the screen, its actually a real life issue that shouldn’t be joked about. Whether you’re in high school or college, bullying is present in everyday life. I think the biggest one in high school and college is cyber bullying. All of us are guilty of “stalking” people on Facebook and Twitter. However, a line should be drawn on the comments actually posted on these websites. Cyber bullying is the easiest one for most bullies, because it:s behind a screen and not in person. Sometimes people don’t actually know that what they’re saying is actually cyber bullying. Cyber bullying can be one of the worst types of bullying, because you can’t see how the other person is reacting. Everyone handles stress different; some can let it roll off their shoulders, others dwell on it and it becomes a lot harder to move on.

There are many ways that you can prevent it from happening. The first one I can think of is if any type of mean or hurtful comments are posted on your account or pictures that you see, delete them right away. Even if you think that the person that it’s about won’t see it, delete it anyway. You’d be surprised how things get around! Most times, people find out about mean comments on the internet regardless of whether they are blocked or not. Many people confuse bullying with speaking about how they feel about a certain person. No one is expecting anyone to love everyone they meet. Just be careful about what you say and who you say it to. If someone hurt you or said mean things about you, be the bigger person. Vent to a parent, relative, or good friend about mean things people are doing to you instead of retaliating online. Eventually the person saying all the mean things will get bored if you don’t react and move on. It may suck and hurt for a while, but it can’t rain forever right?  

The most important way to prevent you being a cyber bully, is to THINK BEFORE YOU ACT. If you wouldn’t be happy reading what you’re thinking of posting, why post it about other people? Once again, Kindergarten lessons can apply to life past elementary school; treat people the way you want to be treated. You could save a life! Not trying to sound completely corny, but smile, keep your head up, and keep moving forward. We are all too young to have time for all these mean Facebook statuses and Twitter updates. 

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass – it’s about learning how to dance in the rain”