Children can be cruel, as everyone knows who has ever been bullied or has children who had to go through it. The newest case that made the news comes from Indonesia: Local media report that a 14-year-old girl was attacked by 12 older girls and beaten so badly that she had to be taken to the hospital. The alleged reason for the attack: comments that the 14-year-old was said to have posted on Facebook. On Twitter, users heatedly discussed the case using the “Justice for Audrey” hashtag. “This extent of violence is extreme, but it’s not unusual that a conflict between teens that starts online bleeds over into the ‘offline world,'” said Birgit Kimmel, educator and director of the European Union initiative Klicksafe, which is part of an EU effort to boost online safety. “Bullying can begin online and continue in real life or the other way around,” Kimmel told DW. “It usually encompasses both worlds, just like in the Indonesia case.” Always being connected through social media also means that the hate messages never stop Prevention is key Bullying is mostly a problem among youth going through puberty, says Kimmel. And because most of these teens have a smartphone, the… Read full this story
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