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Teens Respond to “I Care Because” Statement: Cyberbullying | PACERTalks About Bullying: Season 2, Episode 18

The “I Care Because” section features statements from individuals around the world, sharing why they care about bullying prevention. In this episode teens read and respond to a statements about cyberbullying, sharing their insight and advice.


Starting this year, I have been consistently excluded by a person I thought was my friend. My "friend" acts like I'm not cool enough to be seen with and it hurts. I know friends tease each other, but when she does, I feel dumb and it doesn't feel like a joke. I have never been good at expressing my emotions, so I haven't talked to anyone. I know how much it hurts, and if I can't help myself, I want to help others. Please, for me any all the others who have been hurt, stop bullying now.

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I care because... I could have lost myself because I was bullied. I could have lost so many friends if they didn't speak up.

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I care because... I could have lost myself because I was bullied. I could have lost so many friends if they didn't speak up.

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i got bullied and they said shut up tons of times

Wesley - 12 - florida


I care because I teach middle school and often feel helpless and frustrated for my students who are intentionally excluded. For my students who come to class in tears, but won't tell me exactly what happened or who is responsible for fear of retaliation. For my students who are angry and don't know why, so they take it out on weaker students and shrug it off as "just playing."  For my students who are afraid to raise their hand in class for fear of hearing a giggle or comment under another student's breath.  For the students who are afraid to go into the bathroom during class changes.  For the students who are targets on social media.  For our students in general who don't have the tools they need to deal with their emotions at this incredibly hard age.  For parents of both the victims and the bullies who don't know what to do to help their children.  For teachers who are doing the best they can, but don't know how to address situations that don't fit perfectly into our definition of "bullying."  For our community in general.  The message, or some variation of, "Choose Kind" is plastered all over our nation, but there it's not reaching our teens.  They need more. 

Jessica - 34 - Virginia


I was a victim all throughout elementary and some of middle school. It hurts because I never/still don't understand why I was a victim. A lot of people stood by and did nothing or joined in. I told my mom but she just brushed it off as did my teacher. And I never wanted to bring it up again because  I just thought my problems were never important and everybody experienced this. This caused  severe depression and my self-esteem was/is terribly low. I wish I knew how to forget about my experiences and I want to help prevent it from happening to anyone else. 

Kay - 16 -


I have been bullied all my life, and have been made to think that its my fault because i have ADHD. People seen to enjoy making my life a living hell. I tell the teachers but they dont even talk to the bully. I even transferred schools but still got bullied, plus, im too scared to tell. Please, if youre being bullied, speak up! I dont want you to suffer as much as I did. I have severe depression thanks to it, as well. Bullies need to understand what theyre doing to us.

Kaitlyn - 10 - Germany


We are all humans and we are all in this together. By being kind we can save each others lives.

Alex - 22 - Indiana


I was a victim myself. Cyber bullying to be exact. Kids out here on the internet and social media can put whatever they want, and it stays there. It disappoints me that people of all ages have the capability to click their screens a few times and then could possibly ruin a victim's life. Our world is such a cruel place, but when we take one step at a time to prevent this global problem, hopefully, one day, we will be able to stop these bullies. But for now, we shall offer care and support to the ones in need. Stop bullying.

Jessica - 13 - NV


Everyone is important. The uniqueness within everyone should be valued and accepted. The end of bullying starts with accepting others and silencing judgement. Be kind.

Madison - 18 - Pennsylvania


I was a victim of bullying in middle and high school. Im much older now but it still hurts, you never forget it. Bullying is not just someone physically hurting you- its a lot more. Its emotional damage that tears apart your self-esteem and that can take years, even a lifetime, to rebuild. It makes you feel worthless and different and isolated and helpless. Some people react to it by going out and killing others, others internalize it and end up with trauma, anxiety, depression, anorexia, OCD, or any other type of "control" disorders. I was only bullied because I wasnt very social, liked to read, not good at sports, didnt dress well, and inattentive or just not great socially with the people my age. I didnt even look different or have any noticeable physical deformities. I cant even imagine how much worse it would have been if that was the case, too. Some of the bullies grew up to be actually decent people, but they have no idea how much harm they caused me. Neither did any of the teachers or adults (or other kids) around who witnessed some but not all of the physical and emotional abuse. We need to call out bullies for who they are, and identify them personally, and make sure that people know that the problem lies with the bullies, not with the victims.  
 --David Sherman

David - 30 - New York


I have been bullied for a very long time now and I have not really told anyone about it yet. I feel as if people were to understan what I'm alway thinking about or what I have to go to school with every day, then they would stop. I have a long story of things that happened to me but I think kids and parents should be more accepting of the Lgbtq+ communitey. Just because I'm bisexual doesn't mean that I'm much more different than every other teen. (Sorry if I didn't spell some thing right)

Sarah - 13 - Kentucky


I have been bullied for a very long time now and I have not really told anyone about it yet. I feel as if people were to understan what I'm alway thinking about or what I have to go to school with every day, then they would stop. I have a long story of things that happened to me but I think kids and parents should be more accepting of the Lgbtq+ communitey. Just because I'm bisexual doesn't mean that I'm much more different than every other teen. (Sorry if I didn't spell some thing right)

Sarah - 13 - Kentucky


I have been bullied for a very long time now and I have not really told anyone about it yet. I feel as if people were to understan what I'm alway thinking about or what I have to go to school with every day, then they would stop. I have a long story of things that happened to me but I think kids and parents should be more accepting of the Lgbtq+ communitey. Just because I'm bisexual doesn't mean that I'm much more different than every other teen. (Sorry if I didn't spell some thing right)

Sarah - 13 - Kentucky


I was once bullied for a very long time. Especially between the grades 4th-6th. It was a living hell. And that's why I'm standing up for kids around the world that are going/went through things like what I went through. I want every person around to world to be happy. That's why I choose to take a stand. 

Tracy - 14 - MI


I was bullied in fifth grade and some in high school. In high school, I went through a traumatic experience that was serious and made me very self conscious and I didn’t go to school for a few days because of it. My brother, now a senior in high school, has delt with bullying worse than I ever did, for most of his high school years. Not only has he gone through terrible things that people have done to him, but it impacts our family as well. I don’t think people understand how bullying affects people and their families. Going through all of these experiences, has pushed me towards my passion of helping others in similar situations. I am currently a junior in college and am studying elementary education in hopes to eventually get my masters in school counseling. I want to make a difference and I hope you will too!

Shelby - 21 - Iowa


I was bullied in fifth grade and some in high school. In high school, I went through a traumatic experience that was serious and made me very self conscious and I didn’t go to school for a few days because of it. My brother, now a senior in high school, has delt with bullying worse than I ever did, for most of his high school years. Not only has he gone through terrible things that people have done to him, but it impacts our family as well. I don’t think people understand how bullying affects people and their families. Going through all of these experiences, has pushed me towards my passion of helping others in similar situations. I am currently a junior in college and am studying elementary education in hopes to eventually get my masters in school counseling. I want to make a difference and I hope you will too!

Shelby - 21 - Iowa


From the time I was in Kindergarten and to this day, I have been bullied. I am 4'11 and I only weigh 90 pounds, people always make fun of me, say that I am ugly for being so skinny when in reality I really cannot help that I am so little. Also, I have an 8-year old daughter and she has been bullied in school for absolutely no reason. There is no reason to bully someone. I am 1,000,000% against bullying. 

Kathryn - 27 - Kentucky


I was bullied all 4 years of high school and it made it difficult for me to want to go to school. I showed everyone that just because they bullied me I was still going to get a good career and not let it affect me. There were days I wanted to just end everything, but with the help of my family I survived! I graduated high school and now I am in college going for my nursing degree! I just want kids to know that everything will ok in time! Surround yourself with people who love and believe in you and I promise everything will be ok! Just keep fighting!

Breanna - 19 - New York


I've been bullied and because of it I had social and mental problems. I started to have trust issues and low self-esteem. Bullying is ruining our society and needs to end soon! I care because lives are being lost! Children, sisters, brothers, daughters who had futures are all gone because they felt that there was no more to life besides cruel bullying, it's inhumane and needs to stop.

Nyah - 14 - IL


I was bullied at age 4 all the way to high school. But it did not stop there i also was bullied at my job last year and did nothing about it. But now that i have grandkids and one of them is being bullied i am not scared any more i want to do something i have a voice and i want to get the whole community in volved cuz in our town is out of control. I want to speak up nred advice where to start

Tania - 43 - New Mexico


I'm an adult and am being bullied by a group of women who have never met me. I've never spoken to them or written about them. I laugh it off, but now they are posting lies about my middle school kid just to get to me. 

Just because people get older doesn't mean they grow up. 

I'm fortunate enough to have a support system of friends and family so I'm confident enough to stand up to these women. For those of you who aren't to that point yet, hang in there. The behavior is a reflection of the bully, not you. Please talk to someone you trust if you feel the need to self harm.(I've been there.)

Michelle - 42 - Texas


I was Bullied from Kindergarden to 12th Grade, Getting Punched, Tripped, Called Names, Stabbed, You name it.. It happened. It Completely lowered my Self Esteem and Turned me Into a Completely Different Person. I was shy, Didnt have experience into talking with others, So.. Because I was Different they targetted me and did anything to hurt me to get me to talk. And whenever it didnt work they they hurt me more and more and more. I started hiding in the bathrooms and my grades were dropping, and now my confidnece is something I have to gain back because its gone. Nobody should Ever feel like that just because you are different.. for anything, That is what makes someone special. You are you. Whether you are louder than others, Quieter, LGBT or anything. Doesnt matter. we are all human, and Humans deserve equal treatment.??

Marissa - 21 - Virginia


I was bullied when I was in school because of my vision disability. I sill ave problems today with people rude comments and things like that but as a adult I have learn to work though it and move out. However I have a son that is being bullied by another kid at school and we are taking steps to stop it. I have 3 daughters as well and 2 have the same disability that I have. It is rough a lot of the times but we do our best. My son and I are trying to figure out ways to work against it and get more involved as much as we can. We live in Tennessee and our school system just turns it head and looks the other way most of the time until it time to do the No bulling week at school they do the activities but most of them time they are focus on say no to drugs rather then it being say no to drugs and bulling. I want it to stop and I wont stop walking forward with my son to make it stop until it is stopped. 

Vickie - 35 - Tn


I've been bullied and i know how others feel. I wish bullying doesn't exist. I would like to stand up for them. And i need someone's advice. Bullying has to stop this instance! No one deserves it! I'm kinda still bullied.

Katherine - 17 - MA


My daughter was bullied in the housing complex we live in and in school, because of different things that her classmates felt the need to bully her for. It had got to the point where she wanted to kill herself. I felt bad for her and it really got to me and our family when she came crying to me and said she is tired of being bullied. It got to the point that one child fought her for no reason at all and when I saw the video I was very upset. Bullying is not a joke and children take it as a joke and say oh I was just playing but bullying can really mess both the person being bullied and the one doing the bullying up for life. 

Unknown - 36 - Maryland


I have been bullied and I want to help people as much as possible. 

Hannah - 13 - Australia


As a child I was bullied pretty harshly in Elementary school.  As I approached High School I became the bully.  It was a terrible cycle that played out.  Now I am older and as I look back I see that cycle.  I cannot help or change what I experienced or did in the past.  I cannot heal the hurt I have caused.  This I understand.  

Randy - 55 - Oregon


bulling is unwanted,aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves areal or reptad,or has the potental to be reapted, over time.

casimiro - 11 - massachutets


Why are kids with mental disorders like ADD and ADHD and Autism are mostly bullied? I have ADD and Depression and I'm bullied... Why are kids who are different bullied? Is it because they are not the same? 

Bijou - 13 - Hawaii


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