Why Amanda Todd's Death Shocked the World!
The death of Amanda Todd has captured the attention of the world. From all corners of the world, news stations are reporting the chain of events that led Amanda Todd to hang herself. According to the video posted on YouTube made by Amanda herself, she was lured into flashing to an unknown person on a webcam. This person used her image to blackmail and when she wouldn't give in, he forward this image to all her family and friends. This cyber stalking continued even when Amanda changed school and city. Her stalker would pretend to be a friend and befriend schoolmates on facebook before sharing with them Amanda's photo. This led to her being bullied and school, losing her friends, falling into a depression. Despite taking medication and undergoing counselling, on October 10th 2012, Amanda could not bear the situation any longer and took away her own life. She was a few weeks short of her 16th birthday.
Immediately after her death, the world was intrigued. The group Anonymous immediately set about trying to find the person responsible for cyber stalking Amanda and sharing her photos. Within a few days the group Anonymous claim they know who the culprit is. The police have not confirmed or commented as yet.
The world is seeking answers and many questions and issues are arising. Amongst them is the issue of technology. Technology is so widespread today that a person cannot afford to make a single mistake. While 20 years ago or so, 2 people could have an argument and forget about it the next day, in today's world, there is someone who will record it and share it with the world. Why should humans be subjected to face the errors and mistakes they made on a daily basis? Why is this generation deprived of making a mistake, regretting it and moving on? Why should their mistake be online for the world to see, even after their death. Within a couple of generations, people are going to be able to search and find, information, images and videos of their great grand parents. This means that all of us have to live and act with great caution. We may find our self unable to relax and let go and maybe be ourselves in public. Why? Because there are people taking photos, people ready to film and all of it will go online and stay there for eternity! This means that we are now living in a ONE CHANCE WORLD. There is no opportunity to forgive and forget, to start afresh and to leave your past behind. As a mother, this leaves me very worried. While we all do our best to teach our children right from wrong and the consequences of their actions, the truth is that everybody makes mistakes and developing children like to experiment. How are we supposed to guide our children through the already hard period of puberty into adulthood knowing that they will have to face up to the growing up mistakes they made all their lives. We have all done and said things we regret, acted inappropriately etc especially as teens, but why does this generation and future ones have to have visual reminders of their silliest of mistakes?
Another issue that comes up is that while personal information is so easily available if you search well enough, hiding one's tracks is equally easy. For almost 4 years the police have been unable to find the bully who turned Amanda's life into a living hell because of her indiscretion as a child! So while technology has a lot of benefits, we are now starting to experience the long term effects, some of which may be negative and devastating on a persons life.
So the big question that Amanda Todd's death created is..........How do we protect ourselves, our family and our children?