A. Attention Getter: “Our prime purpose in life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” – Dalai Lama B. Thesis: I am going to be talking to you about cyber bullying. C. Significance: Privacy is a thing of the past. Your every move is being posted online. Tagged photos, events on your Facebook timeline, posting your location, etc. D. Overview: I’m going to explain to you the definition of cyberbullying, the harsh effects on the victims of cyber bullying, and how we can spread awareness. II. Body
A. Main Point #1.: To begin, cyberbullying as defined by http://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it/index.html is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. 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. Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles. Cyberbullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and reach a kid even when he or she is alone. It can happen any time of the day or night. Cyberbullying messages and images can be posted anonymously and distributed quickly to a very wide audience. It can be difficult and sometimes impossible to trace the source. Deleting inappropriate or harassing messages, texts, and pictures is extremely difficult after they have been posted or sent. B. Main Point #2: Next, the effects of cyberbullying.
As indicated by http://nobullying.com/what-is-cyberbullying/ kids that are bullied are more likely to skip school in an effort to avoid having to encounter their tormentors. It is estimated that as many as 160,000 students skip school nationally on any given day because of bullying. Adrienne Nishina, assistant professor of human and community development at the University of California, Davis, explains this physiological process: “Research with youth and adults shows that negative social interactions are experienced as particularly stressful. Stress causes the body to secrete the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol impairs immune system functioning, leaving the individual more vulnerable and less able to combat physical illnesses.” A cyber bullying victim may be aggressive, defensive, reclusive, unwilling to participate in enjoyable, daily experiences.
As a result of extreme cyber bullying, a teenager may resort to self harm, self mutilation, binge drinking, binge eating and other destructive behaviors. C. Main Point #3: Lastly, we can all spread awareness of the fact that sometimes people don’t know what they say hurts. And people that inflict pain with intent cannot be changed unless they want to be, so let’s help our youth and even our adult communities cope with this ugly famine in our generation. We should embrace differences and let people know they are safe to be who they are and help these victims realize many people don’t understand things and don’t want to or are afraid of being changed by understanding. To quote the Trevor Project, “It Gets Better.” Maybe today sucked but it doesn’t mean tomorrow won’t be the best day of your life. We just need to spread kindness all around, even to the bullies because throwing matches into a forest fire won’t make the flames any lower. III. Conclusion
A. Review: Now I have expressed to you what cyberbullying is, what the effects are for the victims, and how to spread awareness. B. Finality: Thank you for your time and like Ellen DeGeneres says, “Be kind to one another.”