Week 2 : Media Impact
By: Brenda Romero
Many people blame the raise of social networks with the raise in suicides. Personally I feel that social networking sites don’t cause suicides but they do make it easier for cyber bullying. It easier and safer for someone to be mean and nasty behind a screen than to tell you in flesh and blood. Even though I do think that social networks like Ask.fm, Facebook, or Instagram have made it easier for people to be cyber bullied , I do not think that these networks are the ones to blame. In my opinion it is easier now to get away from a cyber bully you can easily report them or put your account on private. The biggest solution is to just get off the website and lay low for awhile.
In the Jessica Laney’s case her parents blamed social media for her suicide but investigators found out that she already had tried to kill herself before. My take on this is in some cases you cannot solely blame media , you have to take in account the stability of the person being bullied. Some can ignore it and others just can’t.
Here is the link for the news story on Jessica Laney case.