The day we were given this assignment, I was met with an all too familiar Buzzfeed about the consequences of cyberbullying, the title being “That Dead Girl”. Unfortunately, this article is not the first in which a young child has committed suicide due to cyberbullying and/or bullying in general. The a quick Google search on bullying, I was met with the following statistics:
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.
- Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University
- A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying
- 10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide, according to the study above
- According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying
“Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people”, please just take a moment and think about that. The children who we will be leaving our world to, are committing suicide at ages as young as 7. At an age of 7, a child should be carefree, playing outside with friends, going to second grade, not hating life so much that he needs to take his life.
The government, school systems, and the general public need to ban together, stand up for these young children, and let those who bully out there know that we will not stand for this anymore. The government should implement a federal law on bullying, it needs to be understood that bullying is not just something that happens at school, but is brought home with them, following them on all forms of technology, not allowing them to live a normal childhood life. With more knowledge spread about the consequences of bullying, that those few words you said to a kid a few weeks back can change their life forever, this can help stop the tragic issue spreading across not only the United States but globally.
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