The Lives of Young People matter.

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Cyber Bullying has become a serious issue in recent years especially within schools. Cyber bullying is the use of technology to repeatedly harm or harass other people in a deliberate manner.  Cyber bullying can lead to severe mental health problems, specifically in young teens as it is the younger generation who tend to be more familiar with the online world. Some of these issues may include, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and in severe cases, suicide. 

In recent years, technology has made it a lot more accessible for bullies to torment their victims through an anonymous identity. Once upon a time, technology wasn’t really a topic of conversation, Facebook never existed, texting wasn’t really a big thing and your online profile, well you wouldn’t of had one. Over the past decade, the advances in technology has been astronomical, through the developments of the smart phone and even the creation of a smart watch. However, through these fantastic developments there have also been a devastating 1 in 10 kids who attempt suicide due to being cyber bullied. Between the years 2000 and 2010 the use of the internet in Australia has increased by 179%, that’s approximately 13.6 million new internet users. That’s more people than the population of Greece. That’s 13.6 million potential victims, however that’s also 13.6 million possible bullies. In Australia, in every group of 5 children between the ages of 8-15, 1 of them has experienced a form of cyber bullying.

I ask you to sign this petition in order to decrease these horrendous statistics. The young people of today should be shown the importance behind being safe online and also the consequences of being disrespectful to others online. 

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