The internet has really expanded the way kids and teens communicate with each other. Elementary and middle school are tough enough as it is, add a sprinkle of cyber bullying in there, and man...you have the best time of your life! So if you’re an 11-year-old girl in 6th grade, would you rather be picked on in school by being called names and pushed into lockers, or would you rather have a short film made about you? What if the film was about how to kill you? Sounds pretty extreme, hu?
A group of sixth-grade girls made a cartoon titled "Top Six Ways to Kill Piper" depicting ways to kill their classmate, Piper. The group of girls did this in their own free time. Now, here are a couple of things to take in. First, it is a bit impressive that these girls made a cartoon, too bad they have poor taste in subject matter. Second, they spent a good amount of time on a project about someone they seem to hate so much, Piper should almost be flattered.
I know, I know. I sound like a parent trying to teach their child to take the high road. But really, there isn’t anything else you can do. I’m sure the girls thought it was a hilarious idea when they were making it, but now I bet they are ashamed to even show their face in school. And if they aren’t, well...then they have much deeper issues they will need to deal with, like not having a conscience.
When I was in middle school, the internet was just on its way into homes. There was very minimal cyber bullying; it was mostly face-to-face mocking, name calling, and light physical contact. I can’t even imagine adding crude mass e-mails, horrible, mocking videos, harassing instant messages, and whatever else these young minds can even think of.
Piper’s mother said that some parents took concern, while other parents blew it off. A big question in this topic is; who is responsible? Are the parents responsible? It’s not a good message to send to your easily molded children that this kind of behavior is okay. What would you do if you found out your child was part of a mean hoax towards other kids? Would you question your parenting skills, or the friends your child is hanging out with?