Cyberbully: How the Movie Can Help Your Teenager Stand Up to Bullies
One night I came across a movie called "Cyberbully" and read the synopsis. I was intrigued to see how the movie would play out, so I decided to watch it. And I'm glad I did... it was well worth my time. In case you've never heard of it, it's an ABC original family movie that first premiered on cable television in 2011. It's about a teenager that is being bullied by the popular kids at her school--- only the bullying takes place on a social network.
If I could rate the movie on a scale from 1 to 5 [1 being the lowest and 5 is the highest], I would definitely give it a 5! Here's why; the story gives you an inside scoop of how the main character, Taylor, handles the bullying problem. It also gives the audience insight of how her mother feels about the situation and tries to save her daughter from self-destruction. Each character in the movie did an excellent job developing their own "personalities." "Cyberbully" demonstrates to us that although social networking could be a good thing, it can turn into something ugly and spiral out-of-control if not used properly. I love the fact this movie brought realism to the forefront because cyberbullying is a real issue.
Cyberbullying is not something Hollywood made-up; it's a real issue that real teenagers have to deal with. One of many cyberbullying cases happened earlier today (February 16, 2012). Five people (four teenagers and one adult) were arrested for bullying a 15 year old name Spencer. According to his mother, Spencer was "physically attacked at Port Barre High School and verbally threatened through Facebook." What provoked the bullying? It started "after Spencer had posted a comment on Facebook" regarding another teenager who previously had died from a gunshot wound.
If you have children of your own or know of a family that may benefit from the movie "Cyberbully", I strongly recommend it. It's up-to-date, it's timely for our generation, and it has a message for both parents and children--- that one person can truly make a difference.