I woke up today to a text from a friend informing me about an ADULT humiliating a youth on his Facebook page. I don’t want to get into the details of the incident because I’d be calling Mr Big Bully out which would make me just like him, but I do what to talk about the Cyber-STUPID of the world.

I just can’t wrap my head around the thought process of such individuals. How does one come to the conclusion that publicly shaming another human being is a good idea? Does he or she wake up one morning and go, “I think I’m going to do something great today, something noteworthy, something that will make me popular. I want look cool to my peers. Perhaps I’ll humiliate that innocent kid I don’t know from Adam on Facebook. That seems like a brilliant idea! I’m sure my colleagues and bosses will love me for it and my friends will think I’m the funniest guy in the world and the post will go viral and the boy will eventually thank me for putting him on the map. And I can finally say I did something truly noble in my life and the world will be a better place because of me.” Seriously, what was the plan? Haven’t people like this heard of karma? Were they not taught better in life? Are they not familiar with consequences or revenge? Is the word ‘compassion’ foreign to them? Young people commit suicide as a consequence of cyberbullying. How many deaths does it take before the Cyber-STUPID get Cyber-SMART? 

And then there are the individuals who encourage this form stupidity by liking and agreeing with their Cyber-STUPID friend! How do these people plan on raising good kids if they condone such misdeeds? And don’t even get me started on the hypocrisy. Would they be aiding and abetting if the victim was their son, nephew, younger brother or friend’s child? Take a stand on the issue already. You’re either for or against bullying. You can’t be both depending on who’s being targeted. That’s BS!

But it’s not just the abettors who are guilty here, the bystanders are just as much to blame. Not doing anything does not give one a “get-out-of-jail-free card”. As long as you are aware of the wrongdoing and you choose to turn a blind eye, you too are guilty by default. Every single one of us has the power to right a wrong. The more we speak up, the more we raise awareness about the issue and the more power we have to prevent and resist such acts. Let’s stop Cyber-STUPIDITY once and for all.

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