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Why Amanda Todd's Death Shocked the World!

Updated on July 25, 2013

Amanda Todd

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?


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      Harish Mamgain 4 years ago from India, New Delhi

      Kikalina, this is altogether a new facet of living. Thoough technology has made our lives far comfortable, complexities have also arisen with it like you have so alarmingly mentioned in this very informative hub. Really, the points you have raised need all attention of every right thinking individual.

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      Lisa VanVorst 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Such a sad article. As you said a long time ago we could settle these things face to face and move on. Today cyber space has made it difficult to escape ridicule. I am glad schools are having experienced professionals come in and address the issue of bullying. Hopefully education and awareness will prevent another teenager from taking his or her life and instead seek help from family friends.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      What a sad story. The news talked a lot of this case and another young girl from Nova Scotia this year. Technology is great if it's used properly. When people abuse it, it can become very sad. We have to protect our children to fall victim of those who abuse the system. The laws are becoming more strict in Canada to protect the potential victims.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A tragic true story and so many questions not answered.

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      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      Thanks for your comments.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What a horrible thing to happen to a child. Cyberstalking is one of the more vicious crimes. You can't seem to get away from them or stop them. Wonderful, well written article.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      The world is wicker than ever. Even kids are born with a tendency to harm. High Tech gadgetry is there to make them feel above us, babyboomers and old timers. RIP Amanda! Ran out of words!

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      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      I think its human nature to bully the weaker.

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      I can never understand why people can be so vicious and attack other people like that. That poor child suffered so much from this faceless bully. I pray that this person is caught and given life in prison for their terrible crime.

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      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      Speaking to our young ones is probably one of the few things we can do as adults. Thanks for your comments picklesandrufus.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Very good hub. Bullying has become so prevalent in today's world. I talk with my niece and nephew, who are in middle school, about it all the time.

      Amanda's life came to an end far too soon and for no good very sad.

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      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      Thanks for dropping by. It hurts to know that despite our advances we are unable to stop something like this from happening.

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      Ghaelach 5 years ago

      Morning kikalina.

      On the late news last night I saw the jounrnalist version of this terrible tradgedy. It happens so often and people like me always ask the question how could this happen in our modern world of today.

      I'm probably not qualified to answer the question correctly, but I still have my thoughts.

      Which-ever way it is, it's still a very sad thing to happen.

      LOL Ghaelach

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      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      Very true. This is not an isolated event. One of the negative effects of advances in technology and kids with constant internet access.

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      Eunice Elizabeth 5 years ago from Vancouver, BC

      Well written especially given the tragic circumstances surrounding Amanda's death. I had watched Amanda's Utube video the night before it was featured in our local paper as Amanda lived about an hour away from me. How sad that bullying cannot be stopped, and how many other family's have had to live with this kind of tragedy that we haven't heard of.

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      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      Thanks for your comments SommerDalton. I appreciate your visit. This is indeed a terrible tragedy!

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      Sommer Dalton 5 years ago

      Wow so nicely done. Such courage to write on this tragedy. Beautiful. Voted up and more.

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      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      Ty for your comments billybuc. Yeah unfortunately I imagine there are loads of other similar cases with people suffering in silence. It saddens me so! I will be checking out your hub about bullies.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I just wrote about bullies today! This is such a sad case.....and sadder, still, because it is just the tip of the iceberg. Nice job of telling the story and relating your feelings.