Raising a child in the era of social media has always been a concern for me. After the recent tragic events of Dolly Everitt’s suicide, it has not only become more apparent, but also more terrifying.
A home should be sacred place, a place free from bullying, hurt and danger. A home should be full of love, security and happiness, and no child (in any circumstance) should be threatened in their own home. It is sad that bullying can now be done at any time of the day from any location.
What message are we sending to today’s society? Are we lacking education within our schools and homes? Are we forgetting to talk about social media, and are we forgetting to shield our young children from its dangers?
It makes me sick knowing that a small device can do so much harm to a child. No parent should have to deal with losing their child, especially in these circumstances. It should not take a loss of a life to be having this conversation or making a change within society.
This cannot be a conversation that appears only when a tragic event occurs. This needs to be a conversation that is continuously spoken about.
Although I may be one voice, if many single voices start talking about the issue and making a stance, we can make a difference collectively. We are a society that continues to face many challenges due to social media, but that does not mean the issue should be pushed to the side by politicians and society. I understand that it is difficult that teachers and parents have not grown up with this type of technology, however this should be the reason why it needs to be discussed more.
We are living in a society that continues to have many challenges due to social media, hence we need to be prepared. Whether it is a parent having access to their child’s social media account(s) or stricter punishment for bullying, there needs to be change.
As an adult and a parent, we can sometimes feel helpless, but making sure your child has someone they can confide in and trust is important. Enough is enough, we need to take a stance against cyber bullying as this may help prevent another youth suicide.
Lifeline: 13 11 14 (visit lifeline.org.au)
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 (for young people aged 5 to 25)