Lindsey Mount (Senior)

Social media can affect multiple things about someone’s life, good or bad. “I see a lot of people using it inappropriately and it’s very public,” said Principal Mr. O’Rourke.

Social media can take effect to people by exposing them to bullying, rumor spreading, unrealistic views of other people’s lives and peer pressure.

O’Rourke and Assistant Principal Mr. Gee don’t see it getting any better in the near future. “I see an incline in it getting worse and the level of respect we give one another,” said O’Rourke.

Cyberbullying starts from past experiences the bully has gone through or their insecurities. “They want themselves to feel better by bringing others down. Whoever uses social media well, shows their character,” stated O’Rourke.

There are many things to do when you’re going through cyberbullying. “Report it to a higher authority and some you can confide in,” said Gee.

“Talk to an adult most importantly. What the people are saying about you, shows their insecurities,” said O’Rourke.

Social media can be a positive place for some and a negative place for others. “Don’t use social media as a way to speak negatively, think of the society you are creating for the following generations, such as the one your kids will grow up in,” O’Rourke said.

“Speak responsibility. Know your audience. Post the absolute truth. Why aren’t we using these platforms as ways to bring people up?” said Gee.

People find ways to use social media to say things about one another, positively and negatively. No one likes the feeling of someone being mean to them, so why do people continue doing it unless there’s something that we don’t see that is happening.

“Disengage. Our natural instinct is to defend ourselves, but who’s opinion actually matters to you?” said Gee.