I have a lot of thoughts and different feelings about the news media and all that they are reporting on bullying, cyber bullying, and teen suicide. I want to start by saying I think it is tragic. Anytime a child dies, it is an absolute tragedy. My heart goes out to any parents affected by the death of any child.
At the same time, I think that the media has a really bad spin on these cases. I do not sympathize with bullies, I think bullying on any level is wrong, I was bullied at different times as a child. The parents of bullies are dropping the ball, they are not teaching their children morals and ethics that they should be.
Across the board, too too many parents are giving their children open access to things they should not have access to. Children do not need open, unwatched access to the internet. Children do not need to be on social networking sites. There is no need! I have seen children as young as 6 with Facebook pages. Shame on you parents! Ridiculous! If you feel your child is old enough to have a social networking page, you need to be monitoring the content on that page, the content in their email accounts, and the time they are allowed to be online. If your children are old enough to be on the internet, you better have a computer program to block unwanted material.
I feel like many of these children are already depressed due to other areas in their lives. Whether I agree or disagree with particular lifestyle choices, many teens suffer depression and confusion. Children who are "sexting" and children who are engaging in sexual relationships (straight or gay) are dealing with much bigger issues. They are crying out for love and attention. I think it is wrong for people to place all the blame on bullies. These children have bigger issues than someone picking on them. One parent stated that her daughter's school "dropped the ball" in a sense blaming the school and the social worker at the school. Where is her blame? Why weren't the parents aware of all the issues the daughter was facing? One news website said there was no protection from cyber bullying. Sure there is, turn off the computer!!!! If a child is not online, they cannot be harassed online.
Again I think any death of a child is tragic, but let's place the blame where it belongs. To sum that all up for our lives, we are raising our children in church, showing them the word of God and His plan for their life. We are involved in our children's lives and have every intention of staying involved. We will be having many talks with our children to let them know that "sexting" and premarital sex are totally out of line for what their lives should look like.
What do you think about these recent cases (I think the cases have always been there but are just now getting SO much media play)?