Bullying and peer pressure affect ourselves, our children, and our society more than we might realize, but one girl decided to turn her negative experience into something overwhalemingly positive.
According to bullyingstatistics.org, over half of all adolescents have been cyberbullied, and yet the same amount has engaged in cyberbullying themselves. Out of these, 25% have been bullied over cell phones, and well over half will never tell their parents.
Though we might feel that some light bullying is just “how kids are” or good for young people to build character, how far should we let it go? Name-calling is practically unavoidable among kids, but at what point does joking around turn into something much more sinister and lasting?
When one teenager was mockingly called “a whale” by her peers, she decided to turn her personal plight into something larger.
Here’s what she did, and you can help, too!
Cyberbullying is defined by stopbullying.gov as “bullying that takes place using electronic technology.”
The definition continues, “Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.”
High schooler Dannie “Dee” McMillan was the victim of some serious cyberbullying at the hands of her peers.
They called her names like “Whale” and even made a malicious Twitter account called “Fatwhaledee” where they replaced photographs of her with pictures of whales.