Perspectives on Parents & The Quick Glance at their Kids Online Life

Overprotective parenting and bullying: Who is to blame for the suicide of Megan Meier?

Many people have asked me why I have not addressed the Megan Meier story that broke over the last month. I admit that I’ve been extremely bothered by the stories and the implications of an adult bullying a child through mediating technology. That said, I suspected that the press wasn’t telling the full story. Like all coverage of horrible events, the press focused on what made the story juicy rather than trying to paint a complicated picture of what led to the event.

Originally found at:
YPulse: Overprotective parenting and bullying…

Awesome Comments:
apophenia: Overprotective parenting and bullying: Who is to blame for the suicide of Megan Meier?

Okay, so I won’t go into too much about MY thoughts with this– why? Teens & myspace/facebook aren’t my specialty. I’ve followed the news tracks and I play in those playgrounds myself… but there are others much more qualified to speak about this than myself.

I point you to both of these blogs because there are great points made– and if you haven’t taken the time to read Danah’s thoughts on Ypulse, I encourage you too. Also, read the comments on Danah’s blog– the responses are well written and very articulate.

Update: I read this “Lori” woman’s blog, and then EVERY comment following her admission and I’m absolutely baffled at the level of cruelty & continuing nature of bullying brought about by bullying.  It’s like a freakin’ mob FEAST.  The same people coming back to verbally “beat the sense” into this woman.  The whole situation is disgusting and sad, but on TOP of that to have it continue on the web?  I feel dark now for reading it all.  Dirty.  Blogs are a great thing, but they also can bring about the worst in human behavior- like the need to beat a topic to a bloody pulp… trying to force opinions and brow beat understanding– and then the follow up retaliations and the peanut gallery.  At the point it’s reached– nothing good can come out of it… it’s just a witch hunt on all sides.  There’s no healing when the wound is picked at… Sad for all 😦

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  1. dancnkc
    December 10, 2007 at 2:59 am

    While the Megan Meier case seems outrageous and unique, it isn’t. Hundreds of cases of egregious and heinous acts go on every day with the same excuses out of our lawmakers.

    One such other case….The case of Nikki Catsouras, is a classic example of disgusting, hateful activity against innocent victims, while our lawmakers excuse themselves from enacting laws to prevent this.

    The excuse lawmakers use to let themselves off the hook stem from the growth of the Internet and how fast it’s changing. This is a sham.

    Chat rooms, message boards, instant messengers and email have been in existence for far over a decade now. While the software used to transmit messages changes slightly, the basic essence of using the Internet to send a message is largely the same. Is a decade or two long enough to establish some basic decency laws in regards to Internet usage?

    I’ve posted the Nikki Catsouras story along with many details about the Megan Meier case so the inactivity out of our lawmakers towards these types of cases can be clearly seen.

    Those who are interested in learning about cases like Megan’s and Nikki’s case are encouraged to drop by and comment on them. I have a couple of polls set up as well. Danny Vice would like to hear your point of view.

    Public awareness of the problem and discussions about possible solutions are the best way to pressure elected officials into action instead of excuse making.

    I invite you to come by and share your opinion.

    Danny Vice
    http://weeklyvice.blogspot.com

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