Movie May Encourage Bullies 4

I am watching Cyberbully, but I cannot help but wonder if it will cause harm instead of helping.  I hope not, but other movies and shows actually contributed to the bullying problem.  I know from talking to other parents that too many are clueless as to what their children do online. We have friends who have no clue about Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites.

There are parents like Lindsey’s father in the movie who also believe their child has the “right” to harass others online. It really upsets me that this character is an attorney.  An attorney should know that harassment is against the law in all fifty states even the ones without specific bullying laws. Hawaii is one of the states without a bullying law, but our harassment law does offer some protection against cyberbullying. The principal’s excuse that the school has no responsibility does not hold true in most states anymore either especially when the child is being openly harassed at school in relation to the Internet posting.  

I hope others watched until the end at least!  They finally show the power of bystanders at the end of the movie.  I wish they has focused on this throughout the movie.  I hope this is the message that sticks!  

Did you watch?  What did you think? 

4 comments

  1. You know, I did end up watching most of it…I just happened to be in a place with a television. I liked aspects of it…I don’t think it would encourage bullies, but I think it just probably won’t help much to actually prevent cyberbullying, either.

    I liked the support shown for the victims (and that one of the victims was both bully and victim) by the adults in their lives and realistic things to do if you’re being harassed. But I’m afraid for too many actual bullies and bystanders, the movie is just too easy to dismiss and say “oh, that’s not really me,” or “but the people we pick on deserve it, not like that pretty, normal girl,” or “it’s not really that bad.” I’m afraid that the age demographic it was trying to reach is going to find it too cheesy and easy to mock.

    I think (hope) the greatest positive impact it might’ve had is on adults–parents and teachers–by modeling how they can actually be supportive to students being bullied. I never had any adult support against it, so my personal bias is that they could really use a lesson there.

  2. Missed the movie, but did read an online synopsis and review. I share your hope that it does impact kids and encourage parents to engage more. The worst aspect of cyberspace and bullying is the offer of anonymity, Cruelty is too often emboldened by the “lack of a face.” It’s so easy to hide these days. I have yet to understand “anonymous” comments on blogs also.

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