Girl Bullying called “A Troubling Trend” on YouTube

Posted April 16, 2008 by

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Turns out the Florida cheerleaders weren’t alone. Teens are posting girl bullying episodes and girl fighting to MySpace, YouTube, and other social networking sites. Some experts classify this behavior as cyberbullying–but is it something even worse?

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Elisabeth Wilkins was the editor of Empowering Parents and the mother of an 10-year-old son. Her work has appeared in national and international publications, including Mothering, Motherhood (Singapore), Hausfrau, The Bad Mother Chronicles, and The Japan Times. Elisabeth holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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  1. Kind Campaign Report

    This is a serious issue which must be given more attention.
    A great non-profit organization is attempting to tackle this very issue among women of all ages. Check out KindCampaign.com for more information!
    Please join in the movement against this!!

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  2. Kristine Report

    Amen Shannon! Lets not lay it all at the parents feet. My own family, while growing up, is the perfect example that the parents influence does not hold as much weight as many think it does. I have one brother and no sisters. Our biological parents were married and provided a pretty stable home. I graduated from high school, had some college, held a decent job, got married, and now have a family of my own. My brother never finished high school, couldn’t hold a job for more than a few months at a time, was (and still is) an alcoholic, has a police record longer than my arm, including multiple DWI’s, never married but has three kids out of wedlock, he is verbally abusive, and the list goes on… How can anyone possibly blame it all on my parents upbringing skills? There are certainly enough parents out there that need a kick in the rear (or worse) for the things they teach their kids, but most of them do the best they can. My 17 year old daughter has known for years the difference between right and wrong, and if she ever beat someone up like that, I would personally escort her to the police station! By the time most kids reach their teen years, you have no way of knowing what they are doing 24/7, regardless of how much you THINK you know. Teach them right from wrong and pray they use their judgment as you have taught them. That is all you can do…

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  3. Lorraine Hornig Report

    Those girls acted like a pack of dogs! My personal opinion is that teens are permitted to have too much time “hanging out” with friends instead of spending time at home under the supervision of responsible adults. The power of group dynamics causes people to behave in ways other than how they they would behave if alone. The larger the group, the more likely members of the group are to go along with inappropriate behaviors. Remember the Central Park Jogger who was raped by that gang of young men? Well, it’s the same dynamic. Parents have to remember that teens are not adults. I suspect these girls had very little parental supervision. It’s just too bad that none of them had the character to say “stop”. Just one girl could have made a difference. They were all a bunch of puppets who listened to their ring-leader. Now they will all pay the price…and rightfully so.

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  4. shannon Report

    I kind of agree that most children only do they are allowed. However not all behavior can be traced back to the parent. I am a hard working loving mother of 4. My sister never works, does drugs, and pays no attention to her children. People are not always victims of the surroundingsd. However when you, as a parent, see this behavior it is your job to do something about it. I know no parent wants to think about their baby as being the bad one. But if they are you need to remove them from other children.

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  5. Kristin Martinez Report

    We are looking into our kids behaviors when we also need to look into adult and parent behaviors. We are responsible for our children and thier behaviors. We teach them by example yet when our kids act out we wonder why or how. Lack of parenting is one reason. Its our job to know what our kids are doing and where they are at all times. These things dont just happen they are planned and that takes time. Parents dont ignore the signs cuz I guarantee they are there. Pay attention to your children and their friends. If you allow them on the computer check it once in a while. My 2 girls age 8 and 12 are not allowed on my space for numerous reasons. I know they get on with their friends but they know they will be just as accountable if I find out or if anything like this were to happen. Girls are mean but its up to us to take control of that bad girl behavior. They only do what they are allowed to do!!!!

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  6. Carrie Report

    This is scary. I don’t get why anyone would want to videotape that kind of behavior, let alone act that way.

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