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Amanda Todd sexual extortion leads to charges against Dutch citizen (TW for bullying and suicide)
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china_kitty
Posting an update to the Amanda Todd case. In case anyone doesn't know, Amanda is the teen from my area (Vancouver, BC) who committed suicide after being cyberbullied. It appears that they made a break in the case and it took place across the pond.

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I had to say is WOW! I am glad they finally made progress.

The Bystander Effect-Trigger Warning
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lynn82md
One problem that bullying still happens is the Bystander Effect. Unfortunately, bullying isn't the only thing that bystanders don't intervene or help in. In fact, this happens even in full blown emergencies (isn't that comforting *sarcasm*?)

So, what is the Bystander Effect?
The term bystander effect refers to the phenomenon in which the greater the number of people present, the less likely people are to help a person in distress. When an emergency situation occurs, observers are more likely to take action if there are few or no other witnesses (I would like to point out that someone taking action doesn't even happen if one bystander is there as that was obvious in the previous entry with that vid).

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Even though the Kitty Genovese case had been exaggerated by the media at the time it happened, here are a few cases of Bystander Effect that will be sure to make you feel "safe" (especially if you're in an emergency or gotten severely hurt). Btw, reading these cases will be enraging and could be triggering .
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The Bullying Experiment-Trigger Warning
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lynn82md
From the vid on You Tube:
Why is bullying such an on going issue in society today? It's the people who start it but is it not the people who have the capacity to put a stop to it? By watching an act of bullying with the thought of, "i was going to step in if it kept going." you may be too late. This video opened up my eyes in ways no video has done before. Hope it promotes positive change.

Just want to put it out there again that this may be triggering for some people. I will say this though, it is rage inducing how many people ignore what's going on or don't do anything.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EisZTB4ZQxY

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Trolls versus serious threats (and does that really matter?)
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author_by_night
This isn't entirely about bullying, but it is about nasty internet comments and when to (and when not to) dismiss them.

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lynn82md
This is for members that are from Sweden, though I'm sure if you're from the other Nordic countries you may understand what this says too. Pic behind a cut for possible trigger warnings

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Gay adoption and bullying
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lynn82md
I got this from Facebook:
same sex couples not adopting because of bullying

This is probably the most ridicilous excuse of why some people are opposed to gay adoption. A child is going to get bullied regardless if their parents are gay or not (as I'm sure many members here can vouche for that, especially if they came from a household with heterosexual parents like myself). If someone really wants to bully another person, they are going to find a reason to. With that said, I agree with the rest of the picture that parents should be teaching their kids not to bully rather than prevent same sex couples from adopting a kid. If your kid is bullying, punish them. It's simple as that.

Parents Slap Daughter's Cyberbullies With Rare Lawsuit (TW for sexual harrassment)
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lynn82md
Snagged this from ontd_political

In response to cruel cyberbullying that has left their 16-year-old daughter feeling humiliated and unable to sleep, a pair of fed-up parents are striking back at the offending classmates in a unique and public way: They're suing all seven of the teens for libel and all of their parents for negligence.

“We’re being super aggressive about it, because this behavior really needs to stop,” Tej Paranjpe, the Houston-based attorney for parents Reymundo Esquivel and Shellie Tingle-Esquivel, tells Yahoo Shine. “It’s really an issue of principle.”

Although the Esquivels’ daughter (who is not being named to protect her privacy) has been getting bullied in person by several fellow students at Klein High School in Klein, Texas, for about a year now, the situation came to a head in recent weeks, according to her mother. That’s when the girl’s photo appeared, along with those of many others (some of whom were topless), on a student-made Instagram page called “2014 Klein Hoes,” which had picked up almost 900 followers during the several weeks it was live.


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Good for the parents to do this. Yeah, working with the schools are going to go a long way *sarcasm*. They rather punish the victim than the people that do the bullying and other bullshit. You know...since the victim is making things more difficult for them than the student(s) doing the bullying are.

Revamp poll question from last entry (Take 2)
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lynn82md
This is a revamp of the last question from the poll on the previous entry. I forgot to include some options, so hopefully everyone can fully participate in the last question now. I apologize again.

Poll #1952880 Plastic surgery: A preventive method for children from being bullied
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 17

Would you ever let your kid get plastic surgery if they were ever bullied?

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yes
0 (0.0%)
no
3 (15.8%)
I would, but only for if it was a risk to their health too (like a big mole that could become cancerous in the future)
3 (15.8%)
maybe
1 (5.3%)
I don't have children right now, but I would if I did
0 (0.0%)
I don't have children right now, but I wouldn't let them if I did
2 (10.5%)
I don't have children right now, and I will never have children
4 (21.1%)
I don't know (can't put myself in the situation until it actually happens)
5 (26.3%)
Other
1 (5.3%)

Discussion Time (Take 2)!!!
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lynn82md
Ahoy, everyone! Sorry if things have been quiet here lately. Between taking care of my wee one and the news being silent about bullying lately (either because bullying is actually decreasing or that it's not being reported in the news), things have been quiet around here. So, to kick things off, we'll have a civil discussion about something related to bullying. I had recently saw an article in the news about another girl who got plastic surgery (on her nose, I think) as a way to stop the bullying, so that is what inspired this poll and disccusion.

Before we begin, a ground rule. No making fun of anyone that has ever had plastic surgery in general for whatever reason. This isn't the place for that. With that said...

Poll #1952390 Plastic surgery: A way to try to prevent bullying
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 18

As a preventive measure from getting bullied, do you think getting plastic surgery will work?

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yes, if their appearence is the only thing that causes the bullying
1 (5.6%)
no, bullies will just find something else to bully someone about
14 (77.8%)
maybe
1 (5.6%)
I don't know
2 (11.1%)

Would you ever get plastic surgery if you were ever bullied?

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yes
0 (0.0%)
no
14 (77.8%)
maybe
3 (16.7%)
I don't know
1 (5.6%)

Would you ever let your kid get plastic surgery if they were ever bullied?

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yes
0 (0.0%)
no
8 (44.4%)
I would, but only for if it was a risk to their health too (like a big mole that could become cancerous in the future)
5 (27.8%)
maybe
4 (22.2%)
I don't know
1 (5.6%)


ETA: I'm sorry to those that tried to vote last time and couldn't. I'm also sorry for people that did get to vote from my journal, but have to recast their vote here since I got rid of the original poll. Lastly, I'm sorry to those that saw the last post because I deleted it since LJ didn't let me post the new poll in the last entry. Hopefully, everything is working for everyone and I apologize for any inconvience.

ETA 2: I apologized to members, who don't have children (whether if they don't have kids at the moment or are childfree), for not including an option of "Don't have children" in the last question. Unfortunately, I cannot edit the poll (which LJ doesn't do for some odd reason). So, I will revise the question and post it as a new entry. Sorry about the inconvience!

Amanda Todd suicide: RCMP repeatedly told of blackmailer's attempts
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lynn82md
RCMP in British Columbia were alerted at least five times over the course of nearly two years about the ongoing sexual extortion of Amanda Todd before the teen committed suicide, CBC’sthe fifth estate has learned.

Amanda, 15, committed suicide in her mother’s Port Coquitlam home on Oct. 10, 2012.

Her death garnered intense public attention because of a YouTube video she posted weeks before her death detailing the relentless bullying she endured after a topless picture of her was shared via social media.

The B.C. teen had been the target of a sexual extortionist for nearly two years after she flashed a crowd by webcam while on a live streaming chat site.

Someone captured a freeze frame of the teen topless and then used that photo to repeatedly try to blackmail her for more webcam “shows.”


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Yeah, this is a classic case of the police not doing a damn thing until it's too late. They had plenty of warnings from the mother about this. Rather do what they did in Ontario by posing as the account to nab the bastard, they did nothing. Also, telling the mom for Amanda to stay off line wouldn't do shit. That wouldn't stop the sick pervert from spreading more bullshit about her online for her friends and people that know her at school, which would caused more bullying in person. Also, this case was far more than just cyber bullying. This was a sexual predator harassing and black mailing a minor to give them more sex shows, which (and correct me if I'm wrong) kinda falls in the category of child pornography.

So, in conclusion...RCMP=you failed. I hope she haunts you all.

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