Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter make communication among peers easier but it also makes cyber bullying and online violence easier because of the anonymity of the sites.
1.The other day, I was reading an article about how 16 years old Skylar Neese had been stabbed by her two friends because they didn’t like her anymore. It had later been discovered that the three friends were having a fallout because she tweeted about how she could never trust anyone and how her “friends” didn’t ask her to hang out. After Skylar had gone missing, Sheila Eddy, one of her friends involved in the murder, stayed active on social media and tweeted “Rest easy Skylar, you’ll always be my best friend” and “worst day of my life” after Skylar body had been found. Shoaf and Eddy had planned Skylar’s murder in science class, planning that they would go to the woods to smoke marijuana and then on the count of three they would stab Skylar to death. Eddy confessed to the murder and it was found that a month before she was arrested she tweeted “we really did go on three”.
2. 12 years old Rebecca jumped off a tower and committed suicide when two girls kept bullying her on Facebook telling her to “drink bleach and die” and how she was very ugly. They had previously been bullying her in school and this had forced Rebecca to drop out of school. Rebecca felt more relieved staying at home and being homeschooled but the bullying continued online and finally forced her to take her own life.
3. This next story seems to be the most surprising of all where 13 years old Aditi Gupta committed suicide after her mom told her she couldn’t use Facebook anymore. Her mom said that the only things she had told her daughter was that she was too young to use Facebook and was wasting too much time on it. After she came back from work she found her daughter hung in her room.
Social media is such a huge part of many people’s lives that it enables others to influence them. Teens take social media sites way more seriously than they should and find bullying behind the screen easier because it is seen by more people and is therefore more humiliating for the victim. Feuds over social media sites cause teens to take actions that they might regret for the rest of their lives. Also, addiction to these social media sites causes teens to make their lives revolve around these sites.