Cyber Bullying: Liza's Prosvirova Story (2017)
First of all, I love my iPhone. It can do lots of cool stuff like playing videos, posting funny pictures, and you can even make mini movies with it. But I like it the most because it helps me stay in touch with friends and use the internet. It's like having the world at your fingertips. But sometimes you can find things that make the world seem bitter and dark. Some people use the internet only to make other people feel bad or threatened. Those people are cyber-bullies, and when they attack people on social media for no reason, they make the whole internet look bad. It's even worse when they can bully you by contacting you personally, because then you don't feel safe, and you feel like you can't use your phone for things that you're used to.
When I figured out that it wasn't Josh, I told the person that I thought it was not cool to lead me on and that we shouldn't talk anymore. After that, the person started to be really mean. He called me all kinds of names, some that I can't even say without getting in deep trouble with my parents. I was even afraid to tell them because I thought I would get in trouble too. It went on for a few days, and I didn't say anything back. But it hurt my feelings so much, and I got tired of getting these stupid messages from this mean stranger. So I told him to leave me alone and find something better to do.
I told my mom and dad, and they sent the person a message telling them to leave me alone or the cops would be called. Then we blocked them and deleted all the hurtful junk mail they sent me. I just can't understand why some people want to bully other people and make them feel bad. My brother Dima says that people who are sad inside want to make others just as sad as they are, but that doesn't make sense to me. When I'm sad I try to make others feel happy, because then they try to make me feel happy too. Plus it's so much easier to be nice to people than to sit around thinking up ways to hurt them.
One important thing I learned from my dad and brother about kung fu is that action is more real than words. They always tell me that people who are strong or brave enough to do something never talk about it because they're too busy doing it. When bullies threaten people online it's usually because they are scared in real life of getting into a real fight. My dad always tells me do not start fights, but if you have to fight, strike first, strike hard, and strike last. It's easy to call someone names and talk bad about them when you don't have that person right in front of your face, but those people are the ones who just want to make others feel as scared or sad as they are, and are not brave at all. As our family friend and instructor assistant Bo would say, A barking dog never bites. Sometimes barking can be scary or make you feel bad, but it's never as bad as being bitten.