Bullying, Be Gone!

It's time for bullying to end in society

Twitter takes action over Zelda Williams harrassment-TW for suicide
Consider this a sequel to the last entry...

Twitter is cracking down on cyberbullies after Robin Williams's daughter, Zelda, was harassed and run off the social networking site.

The 25-year-old actress and writer suspended her Twitter and Instagram accounts after online trolls bombarded her with hateful comments.

"We will not tolerate abuse of this nature on Twitter," Del Harvey, Twitter's vice president of trust and safety, said in a statement. "We have suspended a number of accounts related to this issue for violating our rules and we are in the process of evaluating how we can further improve our policies to better handle tragic situations like this one. This includes expanding our policies regarding self-harm and private information, and improving support for family members of deceased users."

Before I continue with the rest of the article, I have to point out that she didn't suspend her account. It's not called "suspending" when it comes to one's account. She just deleted or deactivated her accounts, which she can reactivate in a certain time frame if they have that on Twitter and Instagram like they do here on Live Journal as well as Facebook. Suspending an account is usually done by the website because that account was doing some violation and you can't activate a suspended account again. That is, unless it's different on Twitter and Instagram. Continuing...

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Okay, let me point out something...especially if you didn't click the link or read more beneath the cut. She was targeted simply for NOT posting enough pictures of her father. Really, trolls? REALLY? I know trolls aren't generally bright, but seriously...because someone didn't post enough pictures of their father, who they just LOST, you all had to act like a bunch of asshats because you were butt hurt over the fact that a celebrity's daughter didn't post enough photos for your liking? Okay, I was dumbstruck when I heard about about trolls sending her fake pics of her dad's dead body. However, this makes me speechless. I want to say something mean, but I refuse to sink myself down to their level. With that said...

Kudos to Twitter for taking action

Trolls Bully Robin William's Daughter with Fake Pictures of his Body-Trigger Warning
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This is a story about a Robin Williams' daughter being bullied and tormented online about his suicide. Buckle yourselves up; in the words of Bette Davis , it's going to be a bumpy ride.

First of all, before anyone makes comments on Robin William's or anyone's suicide...let me remind you all that I did make this rule last year:
13. On the subject of suicide: While it's okay to mention that you're suicidal or have lost someone close to you from suicide on this community, debating the ethnics behind it and making comments about those that have committed suicide is not wanted in this community. If you want to debate the ethnics of suicide, go to a debate community. If you have an issue with people that have committed suicide, keep it to yourself when you're making comments and posts on this community since you may have members on here that lost someone close to suicide. Respect the decease...no matter how they got there. With that mentioned...

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Announcement on a rule
Gerard Butler, moderating
I know things have been quiet here lately either because bullying isn't being reported in the news that much anymore (which I can't decide if that's a bad or good thing), activity on LJ is decreasing, or both. We have had activity in the moderation que, but the posts were either spam or had nothing to do with bullying. Normally, when someone spams, they usually post once and they leave us alone once it gets rejected. However, recently, someone decided to spam the same post more than once after their initial post was rejected by the mods. It lead to them being banned and to add more to a rule about spamming. What is new to the rule will be between stars.

5. No spamming communities and websites here...especially if they have nothing to do with the topic of the community. Memes aren't really forbidden to be posted here, but if they resemble some of what it is on Facebook like "Repost or you don't care!" kind of material...take it somewhere else. *While we won't ban you if you send us one post that contains spam, we will if you have made a spam post three times.* (three times based on three strikes and you're out).

Just thought I will let you all know about the new update

Amanda Todd sexual extortion leads to charges against Dutch citizen (TW for bullying and suicide)
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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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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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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.


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Trolls versus serious threats (and does that really matter?)
Pawnee sign by nuv0le_rapide
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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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
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)
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.

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