With cases of cyberbullying on the increase, teen-star Demi Lovato has spoken out about her past and how she was bullied, and has teamed up with teen periodical Seventeen Magazine to help wipe out cyberbullying with a new campaign.
The Delete Digital Drama campaign aims to eradicate internet, email and telephone intimidation and the young star who herself has suffered at the hands of bullies confesses that ‘the effects… are still with me to this day’.
Other TV personalities from ABC Family such as Shailene Woodley who stars in The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Pretty Little Liars’ Tyler Blackburn are also involved in the campaign.
“All it takes is to speak up, to say something,” says Woodley. “All it takes is to find that strength within yourself, to be the one to say something, to tell someone about it, to tell a teacher, tell a parent, to tell another peer –somebody – what’s going on.”
It’s good to see these diminutive starlets taking an interest and sending messages of encouragement to the victims of this cowardly practise. At least face-to-face bullying requires a physical presence and a modicum of physical strength. Cyberbullying smacks of nothing but cowardice. It is all too easy to hide behind an anonymous email address, telephone number or screen name and send vile messages to someone that can’t possible identify you.
And no one is immune. Celebrities often find themselves the victims of a type of bullying, particularly by jealous youngsters. Selena Gomez has received anonymous death threats on websites due to her romantic involvement with Justin Bieber. Pathetic young girls who are not yet life savvy enough to realise that this kind of intimidating behaviour is very very wrong think it is permissible to post offensive and truculent comments to the young star.
A new inspiring movie called simply Cyberbully premiered on ABC Family recently, starring Emily Osment, Kay Panabaker and Kelly Rowan and highlights digital intimidation and its effects through the story of a young girl who is bullied online.
The effects of cyberbullying can be devastating and far reaching. Not only does the victim suffer intimidation but they also have the added humiliation of the nasty comments being visible to an infinite number of others.
“I think that some people use bullying as a way to fit in, and I’ve noticed it’s not just the “cool” kids doing it anymore. Sitting behind a computer gives people a sense of anonymity, but everyone needs to realize that words—even the ones they write online—have a strong power to hurt people,” according to Lovato.
Bullying in any situation is cruel, hurtful and cowardly. Great news that Go Seventeen, ABC Family and all these young stars are rallying to support this campaign.
Watch Demi Lovato speak out about bullying in this clip:
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