Thursday, July 22, 2010

Jessi Slaughter and Cyber-bullying

Another case of cyberbullying has become a hot topic on most forums and has become very popular on Google. In fact, it has made it to the top 1 as the most searched keyword on Google for the last 10 hours.

This is about the case of Jessi Slaughter (just a screen name) an 11-year old girl who has been getting violent reactions from her video that she uploaded on Youtube. The reactions, especially on the forum site called 4chan, has gone so violent to the point that the girl has been receiving death threats already.

What is Cyber-bullying?

Cyber-bullying is any harassment that occurs via the Internet. Vicious forum posts, name calling in chat rooms, posting fake profiles on web sites, and mean or cruel email messages are all ways of cyberbullying.

Jessi's case is a case of violence creating violence. It all started when Jessi uploaded a video on Youtube, with a username Kerligirl13, as a response to the nasty comments that she got from her live video chat channel on Stickcam. Her video on Youtube contains language you would not expect to hear from an 11-year old.

What is disturbing on hervideo is her statement that she would "pop a Glock in your mouth and make your brain a slushie" - which means she would use a gun against someone and fire it to their brain. She even formed her hand into a gun like trying to show that she's "shooting."

This news has gone so big that Jessi is invited to appear on Good Morning America. Watch the video below:

Again, the proper way to deal with cyber-bullying follow these rules:

Stop - Block - Tell

1. Stop responding to haters. Stop replying violent reactions with violent words. Don't answer back to violent people.
2. Block them from your e-mail or if the bullying is on Youtube, block them from your channel or from your facebook account.
3. Tell. Report the harassment to authorities. While ignoring the bully be sure to save the evidence so that school officials, Internet providers and even the police can properly deal with the bully. Cyberbullying may give bullies anonymity but it always leaves evidence.

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