Stop Supporting Cyberbullying: Take Down the Burn Book App
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The growth of cyberbullying over a long period is becoming of considerable concern.The anonymous targeting of victims without consequence,viaFacebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.iscausing teens to be more vulnerableeven within the confines of the safety of their own home(s) as others can easily attack their personal lives. It has been proven that cyberbullying can cause anxiety and depression inthe subjects of abuse, and inseriouscasesmaylead to suicide. For a long time, teens and adults have worked to end cyberbullying,but a recently created app operates purely for this negative behavior. The Burn Book is aprogramon whichusers, amajorityteenagers, shamelessyintimidateand harass their peers withanonymity. I have heard from a few victims on Burn Book, saying they have beenpressuredto self harm and even kill themselves.
This is exactly the behavior that could pushsensitive teenagersover the edge.Some users defend this app, saying others are “using it wrong” and thatBurn Bookis the “best app ever”. One reviewer explicitly states that “you can bully on here but it’s not that big of a deal.”
It is a big deal whenthis website directly contributes to the long lasting effects ofdepression and suicidal tendencies.Social media is constantly being inhabited by younger audiences and the promotion of these particularly inhumane values implicate profound damage to this generation and its culture of interaction.
Adolescents should not be encouraged into cyberbullyingin an app that makes it easier to do so.The permanent removalofBurn Bookmeans taking away one of the tools with which online aggressors can further harass and torment their targets/(their peers).Putting an end to this app is crucial to the betterment of a generation that is to become the future of our society.