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Be Kind – It Kills Negativity By John Hendricks

Cyberbullying is defined as “the use of electronic communication to bully a person,” and it is sadly one of the most common forms of harassment. Because of the clear majority of children owning a phone or any type of technology as early as elementary school, cyberbullying can start as young as 8 or 9 years old.

Cyberbullying is the easiest form of bullying. By cyberbullying, one can hide themselves from the person whom they may be harassing. Many people even create fake accounts, just to be able to call someone names and tell them of their little worth without anyone knowing who they are.

Studies show that cyberbullying is the third leading cause of suicide among young people. At around 4,400 deaths per year (according to the CDC), cyberbullying is terrifying to everyone. When a student walks through the hall at their school and sees someone who has bullied them in the past, it makes them feel worthless. They often want to go to the bathroom and hide, or get sent to detention on purpose, just to get away.

Social media is often used for negative purposes, such as cyberbullying. I believe if people on social media would post more encouraging, uplifting words to their peers, the rate of cyberbullying would decrease dramatically.

Recently, Instagrammers from my school have been creating anonymous accounts to cyberbully. Their bio often reads, “DM me someone you hate, say why you hate them, and I’ll post it for you. Ready, GO.” And so they do, they go. Sometimes, even best of friends blackmail each other through these accounts because they send in their “friend’s” deepest, most personal secrets. These secrets are then posted for everyone to see.

Every now and then, an account shows up that is named “Wayne County Beauties” or something of that nature. These accounts start out by being very kind. They comment on people’s posts giving friendly compliments, and posting pictures to lift everyone else’s spirits. The people behind these are the people that I think could help our society. If more people went out of their way to encourage and lift other people’s spirits. The rate of cyberbullying would plummet.

If people dedicated themselves to complimenting one person a day, I believe that the rate of suicide and depression would fall dramatically, and cyberbullying would not be as big of a problem as it is now. So, I challenge you. Make someone’s day. Compliment one person each day, and truly be sincere. Smile and be friendly. Positivity could change a lot in the world, and all those changes would be great ones. Sometimes an act of kindness is all it takes to make someone’s day or even save their life. You never know who may be getting cyberbullies, so treat everyone with kindness and respect.