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Oct. 16th, 2012

You have to feel sorry for the kids these days. I assume, barring some breakthrough in social dynamics, the pack mentality of teenagers is still as strong as ever, and they descend on the weak and sickly like hungry wolves.

I mean, I had it rough. ARE-YOU-EFF-EFF. I still get a bit of the PTSD twitches thinking about high school. There's about a dozen people I can think of from the period without the meat of my right cheek twitching, and one (Hi, Rob!) who I really, really hope died of syphilis. It gets hard outside, and then on the inside it gets real easy to think about the easiest way to end it (or at the very least avoid having to be around for it, since we've seen they don't let up once the level of victim elevates).

But reading about the Todd kid (which is hard because, yes, cheek twitches) is tough. Because I see what they have to go through, and it's worse. It's a hundred times worse. How many people would I have had to block to keep pictures of camels from popping up on my feed? How thick would my security features have to have been? Would I have ever gotten up the courage to do a vanity Google search?

I wasn't even a pretty girl who could be cajoled/threatened into debasing myself, and then having the evidence spread far and wide. Although the thought that pretty girls get subjected to this stuff too is so far beyond my sphere of comprehension that it was like hitting a mental speed bump.

But the breadth of Social Media alone is just horrible. The ability to reach out to people also allows them to smack you in the face. And when that pack is run by a pure sociopath (Hey, Rob!) I can only imagine the constant stream of viciousness and how horrible it would be to live like that, and how tempting checking out might be.

Of course, the only solution is for people to take responsibility for their own kids and for people to develop empathy. I think we can acknowledge that's not going to happen. Now I wish the Mayans were right.


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Oct. 16th, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
I wish I knew how to share what happened to me, but I don't know what it was other than luck and/or magic.

Today, when teenagers tell their parents that they can't possibly understand what it's like, that's true. Parents can have an inkling, can make an imaginative guess, but the reality is so different. Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words now last forever.
Oct. 17th, 2012 05:31 am (UTC)
What happened to the girl was terrible. The fact that there are still terrible things being posted on tribute sites for her is incredible. Hopefully those responsible for this bullying will be punished but it does show that when people think they can not get caught they can be very vicious.
Oct. 19th, 2012 01:58 am (UTC)
Don't forget there's lots of good, too. You seem like part of the good to me. ^_^
Oct. 20th, 2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
I am so glad that there was no Facebook when I was in high school. Kids are cruel already and the internet makes them feel annoymous and powerful and they act worse because of it. Honestly parents need to actually pay attention to what their kids are doing online and make them accountable when they bully.
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