Bullying in the 21st Century

Bullying has been around the world for a long time, but there is a new form in this 21st century – cyberbullying. It is so new that my Live Writer decides I have spelt the word wrong.

If you know nothing about cyberbullying, this is the bullying done on phone, text and social networking sites like Facebook and Bebo. One third of 11 to 18-year-olds now say they’ve suffered from it, according to the charity Beatbullying. And as one of the many social networking users, I wonder why this happens.

Do you put everything up on the web?
Most people do, well at least my friends on Facebook do. Yes, the whole point of social networking sites is that you are supposed to share what is happening in your life everyday. However, I don’t think many people realise, the second they finished uploading their photos and videos, it is LIVE on air for everyone to see. Therefore, it is actually really easy to find inappropriate pictures on Facebook, and they are waiting for your parents to look at them. You may argue only friends can see your photos, but do you actually know all your “friends”?

What can be done?
When more than 67% of us are browsing social networking sites right now, it is quite hard to stop and put charges on those bullies without allowing these sites to provide related information to the police. People argue this is a breach of their privacy – but as I said before, there are no privacy anyway, so I think police should get the information they need, just like how they are beating the piracy at the moment. For internet users, don’t upload everything to the web. Censorship in media are there for a reason.

Remember: You are the publisher of your own “newspaper” (or profile page)

China and Tibet

It was the 50th year since Dalai Lama left Tibet and so people have started protesting yet again for Tibet’s independence. People who have read my blogs for a long time will know where I stand on this issue. Here is what I wrote back in August last year, just before Beijing Olympics started:

Many people abroad said that China was wrong and Tibet should be independent. However, I don’t think so. China might have done wrong but I am sure that the government has done it in a much better way than in 1989. Tibet has been part of China for hundreds of years and there is no reason for independence in this particular occasion. As I said in one of my blog posts before, this is partly western media’s fault. Also, I feel that there was a trend to protest for Tibet and against China.

My view is still the same. However, that is not what I am trying to express today. 2 things I find quite interesting about Tibet lately: first of all, a video was uploaded to Youtube earlier this month, showing protesters being beaten with sticks, and kicked and choked by China’s security forces (Video Link here). Not being biased, but the first instance after I watched this video, I knew it was made up. Back to basic logic and not talk about all the technological stuff the the PRC government did to prove it was a ‘lie’ – why would the policemen there allow it to be filmed? Did you remember, back in the Olympics, you even need permission to take a camera out?

Lastly, do you think China will actually let ‘Free Tibet’ to happen? Don’t think so. Why don’t people spend their time and resources on something else more important (maybe solving the credit crunch?) 

The world’s … and me

For readers in the UK, have you been catching up the TV programme “The World’s … and me” on Channel 4? If not, Channel 4 uploads their clips to Youtube, so you can view it whenever you want!

The one clip that caught my eye was about the the strongest kid in the world. He is Aaron and he is the record holder for his weightlifting skills. After watching the clip, I appreciate his skills at such a young age, but I am also concerned about his dad being, I think, to “encouraging” on his weightlifting career.

I have nothing to against parents “forcing” their children to do certain things, as I have come across the same situation. I remember when I was younger, my parents always force me to learn piano and swimming, which I am finding both important skills to know. But weightlifting? What does that do with anything?

From the interview, I can hear that he did not speak fluently nor confidently, which I find it quite strange – weightlifting requires a lot of determination, and his built-up confidence should help him with other things as well. My doubt is: does he spend more time studying or weightlifting?

P.S. Don’t think lifting heavy weight is good for his bones either.

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