A university student jumped to her death from an apartment recently. She may have been a victim of cyber bullying.
Possible cause of suicide, according to a contact familiar with the case:
She had taken a video of herself dancing – some kind of active Indian folk dance -in her room, and shared it in a limited way (customised) on facebook. She was decently dressed.
Someone whom she shared with seems to have spread it around, and she began getting nasty comments. There were vulgar terms used, and she was referred to as a prostitute and bitch. The feeling is that this was the work of boys who felt spurned by the girl who was supposedly good looking.
She took all this cyber bullying very badly, and was very depressed. Said to have attempted suicide twice. Her parents didn’t take all this very seriously. Apparently they saw the video and had a good laugh, saying she had always enjoyed dancing.
I feel people need to be educated on their responsibility as internet users, considering there are so many young, fragile people spending so much of time, and also depending on social media for their emotional needs(?)
What do you think can be done to curb such online bullying? Why do some people (is it just the youth?) get so nasty with others when they are online?
Should schools play a greater role in guiding students on internet etiquette. Is there a place where victims of such bullying can turn to?
What do you think?