School bullying has always been seen as a part of life for all young people. However, with the growing use of social media among youth, bullying has been taken to a whole new level. In the United States, cyber-bullying has become an unprecedented problem, as 42 percent of youth claim to have been harassed online by their peers. Until recently, bullying used to be confined to locker rooms and school yards. Today with only one status update online, peer teasing has become global and instant, and can have a detrimental effect on its victims, including suicide.
Luckily, some youth are fighting back like Alye Pollack, a 13-year-old Connecticut student who is also bullied in school. She took to YouTube recently to express herself through words and bravely push back on her haters. Her most haunting words: “Think before you say things. It might save lives.”