Sept. 1, 2021

Cyberbullying: Impacts on America’s Youth

Cyberbullying: Impacts on America’s Youth

Kevin and Jaime discuss their past experiences with bullying and how bullying online seems to be a growing issue in society today. The pervasiveness of cyberbullying and how teenagers in particular are seeing their education and mental health impacted are highlighted in this episode.

Content Warnings: Discussion of Bullying, Cyberbullying, Violence, Harassment, Suicide, and Stalking. Adult Language.


Cyberbullying: Impacts on America’s Youth

Content Warnings: Discussion of Bullying, Cyberbullying, Violence, Harassment, Suicide, and Stalking. Adult Language.

During this episode we discuss: 

Kevin and Jaime discuss their past experiences with bullying and how bullying online seems to be a growing issue in society today, particularly for young Americans. Remote learning due to COVID-19 has forced students to spend more time online, limiting in person interaction, adding to the opportunities to experience cyberbullying. The pervasiveness of cyberbullying and how teenagers in particular are seeing their education and mental health impacted are highlighted in this episode. 

Online reputation, and how that reputation continues to impact waves of graduates, is also explored. Having an online record that is discoverable is a relatively new situation for young adults to navigate, prior generations haven’t had to deal with fall out of online reputations gained as preteens. 

While cyberbullying is impacting teens in their formative years, cyberbullying also impacts adults in the form of doxxing, dogpiling, and trolling. How do we, as a society, stop the tide of negative interaction online? Can we find common ground and bring common sense to such a complicated issue?

Their expertise in regards to bullying and cyberbullying? They have attended public school and spent more than an hour on the internet.

Their qualifications to discuss the topic? Random life experience and caffeination during recording sessions.

Basically, anything they discuss? Don’t take their word for it - but they hope you enjoy the show!

Quotables:

“Hydrate, America!”

“[Cyberbullying is] kind of the equivalent of the bully following you home and then banging on your walls, tapping on your windows, knocking on the door, calling your house, maybe hanging out in your closet…”

“If I would’ve had access to the internet at the level that it is in today’s society when I was in my first two high schools? I don’t think I would’ve made it to my third one.”

“It’s somewhere between fascinating and horrifying that we’re putting this level of expectation on our young adults.”

“We have created this great thing that is an information and communication sharing device and people are mucking it up.”

“Worst thing that ever happened to the planet, humans.”

“We are literally setting it up to give this a pass, and maybe that's where our mistake is…”

Reference Links:

Coffee and common ground this week 

In Jaime’s Cup: Fruity Paradise (Strawberry Pineapple Green Tea) | Tiesta Tea

In Kevin’s Cup: Cold Brew Coffee | Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Merriam-Webster: https://www.merriam-webster.com/ 

Sources:

Supreme Court Rules For Cheerleader In Free Speech Case : NPR

https://comparecamp.com/cyberbullying-statistics/

All the Latest Cyber Bullying Statistics and What They Mean In 2021 - BroadbandSearch

Cyber Bullying Statistics - Bullying Statistics

Statistics (cyberbullying.org)

Cyberbullying Statistics and Facts for 2021 | Comparitech

Twitter bots can reduce racist slurs—if people think the bots are white | Ars Technica

Protecting Your Online Identity and Reputation (for Teens) - Nemours Kidshealth

Cheerleader's College Acceptance Revoked After Racial Slurs In Snapchat Post | HillReporter.com

Show us your common sense:

Please feel free to stop by and let us know your thoughts on today’s episode. Have you dealt with cyberbullying or stepped in to change a narrative? Do you prefer tea or coffee? We can’t wait to hear from you!

Spongebob says No Cyberbullying.