I often think that I am so lucky that social media wasn’t even a ‘thing’ when I was in school. Bullying and bitchiness between girls was bad enough without cyberbullying to add to the mix. We didn’t have mobile phones or text messages, let alone Facebook. For that I am truly thankful!
The NSPCC say that 4,500 children spoke to Childline about cyberbullying last year in the UK. However cyberbullying is not confined to just children and young people, far from it.
I follow a brilliant Facebook page called ‘The Unmumsy Mum’. I expect you have probably heard of The Unmumsy Mum, she’s a fantastic blogger. I just googled her link for this post and got a little distracted by reading her blog. Anyway, I’ve seen two posts to her Facebook page very recently which were just astounding. The first was Colley’s Wobbles post here where she describes the craziness that came from her posting what was in my opinion, a hilarious picture and story, on Facebook. It resulted in a lot of support yes, but also in her being called ‘the worst mother in the world’, amongst other things. Then, just the other day, I saw another Mum had posted this picture..
.. along with her reasons for posting the note onto the car of the lady who took the last parent and child parking space, who was shopping without her child. This has attracted thousands and thousands of comments, many of which were incredibly insulting to the original poster. The bit that stands out to me most is that she is the mother of a 3 week old baby, she surely has more than enough going on in her life without the wrath of the keyboard warriors.
I then came across this fantastic post over at A Beautiful Mess. Which says all that I mean to say. So, I’m going to quote Elsie…
It is incredibly comforting for me to realize that while I can’t control what others choose to do online, I can make a real difference by spreading kindness.
I want to live in a world where women work hard to help and encourage each other. Don’t you? We can do this together. We can make a real difference.
Here’s the call to action!
Let’s say the nice things we think. (You know, the ones we usually don’t take the time to type out.)
–Your clicks matter.
Let’s say NO to clicking on negative articles and message boards (even/especially legit news sites!).
Next time we see someone being shamed, let’s leave a kind comment.
These are small, simple actions that we can take to choose kindness and create a healthier Internet.
Leave me a comment if you commit with me to practice these positive actions starting today!
So, let’s choose kindness. Let’s do it today.