Our foreign-born first lady has launched a campaign against cyber bullying. That’s effing amazing! With Ivanka talking about trafficking and Melania talking about the dangers online, we might get some headway with parents! They might finally listen when I tell them to turn off the screens!
The news coverage this morning?
Internet erupts in criticism of FLOTUS’ accent, clothing. Spread nude photos and call her a whore.
This really disappoints me. How do we tell children, “this passes,” “ignore the bullies,” “someday you’ll be driving a BMW while they flip burgers…”? How will they believe us, if the most protected woman in America is being violated and attacked so openly? How can they trust when there are crowds cheering when a woman demands that another women be raped or harmed?
The reality is, the way we are, the bullying will never end. No one is safe, and it’s usually the best of us on the recieving end. These monsters are driving children, and adults alike, to suicide. I guess, we can no longer see the light at the end of the tunnel. The ones that don’t kill themselves? They’re so vulnerable to online predators, that they go from stranger to ‘in danger’ in minutes.
Then! After becoming victims, the cycle starts over, and they’re bullied for having been hurt. I’ve seen a couple local cases where vulnerable girls were bullied, sextorted, doxxed, bullied, then committed/attempted suicide. In that order.
Something’s gotta give here. The lines between online abuse and suicicide and self harm and exploitation are already so blurred. Soon… very soon… it will be a given that a dead teen was probably bullied, self harmed, got conned, and raped. Worse than that, it’ll be normal.