Amanda Todd ….We Are Sorry! Outcry Around The World About Online Bullying.


Her last Card read: “I have nobody. I need someone. My name is Amanda Todd.”

Hacktivist group Anonymous has reportedly tracked down the man who bullied Amanda Todd, a 15-year-old Canadian girl who committed suicide after suffering torment that led to depression and anxiety. (Read More) 

The Way I See It:

Amanda, I am sorry…I believe we are all sorry…I am sorry you were led to believe that you have nobody. I am sorry you needed someone and you couldn’t find anyone on time. I am sorry I knew you only after you were gone.

Amanda, I am sorry you had to see the cruel side of this world. I am sorry you didn’t have a chance to be loved as you deserve it, to be respected as a human being. I am sorry you lived through the hardest part of being a teen where humiliating and fighting over a guy is all what’s there. I am sorry you will not enjoy your prom night, you will not shop for the best dress, will not hold hand with your date, you will not feel like a princess, take photos and videos and laugh at it 30 years from now.

I am sorry I had to Google “what is bullying?” and here what I found and want to share so we can all pay attention now…no child or teen should feel alone when bullied ever again!!!

What is Bullying? 

Bullying is an action that is done on purpose;
• One person has more power or strength over another;
• It is usually done more than once; and
• The action is not wanted by the child being bullied

Bullying Can Look Very Different
Physical -hitting or punching
Verbal – teasing or name calling
Emotional – spreading rumours or using threatening gestures
Social – excluding a person on purpose, purposely embarrassing a person
Cyber – sending threats or insults by email or text messaging

How Common is Bullying?
• 15% of Canadian children in grades 1 to 8
report they have been bullied
• 85% of bullying happens in front of others

What is Cyber Bullying?
The use of communication tools:
• E-mail,
• cell phones,
• pager text messages,
• instant messaging,
• or web sites
to purposely harm a person with repeated and aggressive behaviour by a person or a group.

How is Cyber bullying different? 

• Cyber bullying is hidden from adults even more than other types of bullying
• Children being bullied may fear telling an adult because they may lose their internet or cell phone privileges
• The child being bullied may not know who the cyber bully is

What can be done about Cyber bullying?
If you or your child is being cyber bullied here are some things you could do:
• do not reply to the message
• do not erase or delete messages, that is your evidence
• inform your internet, instant messaging or cell phone provider
• contact the police, there are Canadian laws that protect against harassment and
discrimination

Boys and Girls Bullying 
• Verbal bullying is the most common form of bullying for both boys and girls
• Boys are more likely to be involved in physical bullying
• Girls are more likely to be involved in emotional and/or social bullying

How can Cyber Bullying be Prevented?
Parents should discuss with their children:
• Do not believe everything that is said online
• Do not send messages to others when you are angry
• Do not open messages from someone you don’t know
• Trust your instincts, if something makes you uncomfortable turn off the computer and tell an adult
• Use the computer in a supervised area (not the bedroom)
• Do not share personal information or post your picture on the internet
• Limit the amount of time online
• Tell an adult about the information you are looking at and the people you are talking to

What is Wrong with Bullying?
Children who are bullied may:
• feel bad about them self
• have headaches, stomachaches
• have trouble sleeping
• want to hurt themselves or others
Being bullied can get in the way of students’ involvement and learning in school.

Children who Bully
Bullying can be a sign of other harmful behaviour. Children who bully are more likely to:
• Get into frequent fights
• Be injured in a fight
• Steal and damage things
• Drink alcohol and smoke
• Skip school
• Stop going to school
When children who bully become adults, they could be involved in criminal behaviour.

Children who see Bullying
• Children who see acts of bullying may fear being bullied too
• When adults do not stop the bullying, children learn to accept this as normal

A child who is being bullied has a hard time defending him or herself.
Warning Signs
Sometimes children who are bullied are not able to speak out about the bullying due to fear or embarrassment. Possible warning signs that a child may be being bullied are:

• Torn, damaged, or missing pieces of clothing, books, or other belongings
• Unexplained cuts, bruises, and scratches
• Few or no friends
• Fear of school; walking to school, riding the bus, or taking part in teams or clubs
• Unusual route to school
• Less interest in school or begin to receive poor grades
• Looks sad or upset before or after school
• Complains of headaches or other health problems
• Sudden sleeping problems or nightmares
• New eating habits

Where are Children Bullied?
Bullying can take place anywhere. 85% of bullying takes place in front of others. The more common locations for bullying behaviour to occur are:
• At school: the playground, the school bus or the walk home from school, the washrooms or unsupervised hallways
• At home: by family members, on a computer or cell phone
• In the community: sports teams, recreation centres, day cares, play groups

Amanda,

R.I.P, you are not alone now, you are loved as you have always been loved you just didn’t believe it or know it and we didn’t express it enough. Amanda let us all learn from you and be active in stopping and fighting all sort of bullying.

Love and Light

Noha

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