Teen’s suicide after heartbreaking video
15-year-old takes her own life after years of being victimised online.
By Scott Dunlop
Amanda Todd, a 15-year-old cyber-bullying victim from Vancouver has taken her own life just a few weeks after uploading a chilling video to YouTube in which she details how she was victimised. The video shows the teen holding up cards which tell the story of how her life online became a living hell, according to Jezebel.com.
Article originally in Parent24
*Update: The internet group "Anonymous" have released whet they're calling the identity of Amanda Todd's tormentor causing a volley of online hatred for the man. Watch the Anonymous video for yourselves.
Not only did a cyber-bully distribute a picture she’d sent of herself topless, but he set up a fake Facebook account to prove that he knew who she was. Classmates began to mock her and filmed themselves beating her up at school. Todd was forced to move schools as a result of the bullying, but the shame she was made to feel haunted her, as the cyber-bully revealed that he knew where she lived, and again distributed the image she’d uploaded as a naive kid in Grade 7.
Bullies post mocking pics saying “Gotta bleach my insides”
Sickeningly, despite Amanda’s confession that she’d tried to kill herself before, and that she’d drunk bleach in order to die, bullies continued to mock her online. Even after her death, there have been comments made about how pathetic and attention-seeking she was. There is even an internet meme suggesting things like “Which is more important, Amanda Todd’s suicide, or famine in Africa?”
Her mom is hoping that the video Amanda made will be shown to teens as part of an anti-bullying programme, but it would appear that kids just don’t equate cyber-bullying to real-life bullying: they see it as a victimless prank.
Watch Amanda Todd’s video and decide for yourself: Is this simply a troubled teen who was looking for attention, or was this a desperate cry for help from an emotionally damaged young girl? In retrospect, you could criticise and say that it was partially her fault for being too naive about the internet, or that it was her mom’s fault for allowing her online, but it’s clear that the cyber-bullies hold the majority of the blame.
Unfortunately, cyber-bullying can be just as devastating to the victim as real-life bullying. If your kids are online, always make sure they know how to avoid becoming a victim, and, especially, how to ensure that they are secure online. Also, make sure that your kids understand the concept of bullying- if they bully someone online, it is just as cruel as bullying someone to their face.
Has your child ever been cruel to someone else online?