Digital Bullying – is it getting worse?

Bullying has been in the news BIG TIME. A documentary from Jesy Nelson, a clap back from James Corden to another telly host. I absolutely love that instead of just “taking it” and keeping that stiff upper lip, these stars are tackling the bullies head on.

I really love the documentary from Jesy Nelson, even though it was difficult to hear/see those things that were said to her. Gotta give this young girl 100% love for being so open and honest about how much cyber bullying trolls affected her. 

In order to promote her new documentary Odd One Out, LittleMix’s Jesy Nelson talks to GLAMOUR UK about online trolls, suicide, and how therapy changed her life. I think she’s awfully brave for speaking up.

Jesy Nelson’s BBC documentary ‘Odd One Out’ is about mental health, body image and online bullying- with some shocking details about the misery the singer endured from trolls about her looks.

Jesy Nelson’s documentary, titled Odd One Out, aired on BBC One on Thursday 12 September. It is also available on iPlayer.

This all got me thinking about kids who don’t have access to the platform Jesy had to express how they feel about having been cyber bullied.  Her mother and sister confirmed that the effects can ripple through the family.  It’s more than important to keep track of what our kids are doing on their phones, before it becomes the ‘norm’. 

Bullying has been around since forever, but the bully’s reach or targets was once limited.

Perhaps you were the kid at school who was pushed around. Grown-ups in your life probably told you to just ‘deal with it’ or ‘don’t be a pushover’, or even ‘if you don’t beat them, you’ll get a beating when you come home’ – remember that one?  However, you did have one thing going for you… the bully wasn’t in your home, too.

Now that a large part of our lives are spent on social media, that has changed. In today’s tech-savvy society we carry our lives around with us, allowing bullies to reach their targets wherever they go. Cyber bullying can bring kids, teens, and even grown ups to breaking point. We must face the realisation that we are living in a society that allows a person with a keypad to use it as a lethal weapon.

Social Media has given a voice to the voiceless and the voiceless are going for the jugular! 

And then there’s my man James Corden. Did you see his response to Bill Maher last week? Bill Maher, host of Real Time, said that “fat-shaming doesn’t need to end, it needs to make a comeback.” 

James’ comeback was priceless.

“There’s a common and insulting misconception that fat people are stupid and lazy, and we’re not,” Corden said. “We get it, we know. We know that being overweight isn’t good for us and I’ve struggled my entire life trying to manage my weight and I suck at it. I’ve had good days and bad months.”

“I believe that Bill’s heart is in the right place, and I truly like that he cares about the condition of my heart,” he said. “In the meantime, Bill, while you’re encouraging people to think about what goes into their mouths, just think a little harder about what comes out of yours.”

Did you watch the documentary? Did you reach out to your kids are a result? What did you think about James Corden’s response to fat shaming?

No more questions about whether your child has undergone cyber bullying or shaming. I think the question is how do we as parents intervene to reduce it? For one thing we can try to make a safer internet!

I’d love to hear what you think on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!