Bullying and Cyberbullying: Not a laughing matter.

Goethe Gymnasium in Flensburg: one of six high schools in the city. Photo taken in May 2011

From the Classroom

Bullying and Cyberbullying-  the problems that are  universal today. Whether it is someone being ganged up and beaten in the hallways in school, a girl being made fun of by her peers based on her clothing, a boy rumored to be gay through social networking, bullying and cyberbullying has become an increasing problem, going beyond the walls of schools, the university, the workplace and at home and into the world of cyberspace. The possibilities are unlimited to destroy someone’s life even with just a rumor being spread online alone, yet no one seems to either be aware of the consequences of bullying and cyberbullying or don’t even care about the effects.  Actions and comments can determine your fate as well as the fate of others.

While research has been undertaken to determine the causes of bullying and cyberbullying and preventive measures are being sought to avert this heinous act that has caused many people to become depressed or even commit suicide, only you can help. Have a look at this video created by the author and two other students using Go!Animate as part of a wikipedia experiment conducted at the University of Jena, Germany. What do you see in the video? Has this happened to you or someone you know? If not, have you or someone you know been bullied in other ways? Did you take action and why? If so, how did you do it? All of us have been victims of bullying in the past and many of us have found ways to confront them. Can you do the same with another victim of bullying who needs your help? If you’re like this teacher in the Zen Comic Strip, then you’re on your way to being a great in what you do. If not, it’s never too late to change.

So click on this link, watch it, and then make a difference for someone in need. In the end you will indeed save someone’s life as well as your own.

Note: Video produced by Jason D. Smith, Marc Schueler and Daniel Wogawa. Song produced by The Police. Powered by Go!Animate.

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