Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Cyberbullying - Talentshow

Saw this and reminded me of a tragic story I read last December. It's actually hard to believe this even happened.

'Megan (13, St. Louis) had a MySpace profile when a cute boy "Josh" (16) begins courting her. All is well until Josh breaks up with her online by sending cruel messages about how she hurts her friends, is fat and a slut, and "the world would be a better place without you."

Shortly after reading this, Megan commits suicide. Josh turns out to be a fake profile created by Lori Drew, the mother of one of Megan's former friends.

I know this kind of thing can happen offline too. Still scary and very sad. I've lifted it directly from Danah Boyd's post. You'll find a fair bit of discussion there.

Found video via toddand

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This type of thing is so sad. It's very easy to type something and not realise the damage done. I suppose it is one of the uglier sides of social networking