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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.


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 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


I care because I have grandchildren and they will one day have to go to school and I would like to teach them how to be kind instead of cruel I will be teaching my grandchildren how to be kind and loving and helpful to others because this is the same way I raise my children how to be kind and helpful to others so that's why I care I care that my grandchildren will hopefully if there ever see anyone is having any problems that they'll step in and help the person that's why I care and if there's anything I can do for any particular agency as a mother a grandmother a citizen please let me know thanks so much for the platform

Gloria - 50 - Texas


I get bullied alot

WAN - 15 - Idaho


IM SAD

Jack - 11 - NY


My Son was bullied and it completely changed him he becàme withdrawn and never left the house for almost 2 yrs except to go to school. The boys bullying him lived near us and werw always threatening him. When 1 of them was semt to the same school as my son he started asking for money all the time he wouldn't say anything but it was obvious he was taking momey to this boy.  They must of found someone else to bully or just grown up finally as it eventually stopped. My daughter was also bullied at school by boys who wiild hit her leaving hand marks on her that i could see at lunchtime through the fence as we live across from her old school. I took her out if there to home school her when they didn't do anything to help her. Now she is in a new school and is happy. Bullying has to stop ut ruins lives

Sharron - 48 - Leicester U.K


I've been bullyed eversence I started school I never went to pre-k I have altismum I know I can't spell when I was buliyed I had stuff thrown at me for no resin I did have friends who helped me but thay turned on me and started bullying me so I cut myself off from every one to prevent that 

Aiden - 16 - Ohio


I was bullied by nearly everyone in my middle school and it had lasting effects on me. Because I am a diagnosed autistic, it has been easy for adults to blame it on me for not knowing how to "fit in." Even though I did struggle, that was not an excuse for others to treat me badly, and that claim I was the one with "bad social skills". Furthermore, I was bullied simply for being different, and it is never reasonable to tell a child to change their personality so that "normal" kids will leave them alone.

I continue to hold hope that new generations of kids like me will not have to grow up thinking that there is something "wrong" with them, and have to give up their uniqueness to protect themselves from judgment. It is not a way to live one's life, especially not in childhood where imagination should be celebrated instead of punished.

Chelsea - 26 - CA


nobody deserves to feel or to be harassed,threatened, belittled, wrongly touched, invalidated for their truth, or harmed intentionally. Nobody deserves to feel unsafe - especially in an environment like school or with peers, which is supposed to not only support who you are individually, but encourage you to learn and want to learn. You are loved so deeply. You deserve to know this. I care because love is powerful, and hate cannot take away the love being poured into your soul. One harsh voice may be loud, but one loving song is even louder. I care because you are worthy. I care because you are talented. I care because you will get through this. This moment of difficulty is not the rest of your life, it is only one moment in time out of millions of great ones you will experience in this life time. I care because you are special, and I want you to know this. Bullies appear powerful. Bullies hurt others because there is something so damaged within their souls, they become greatly jealous of the good and talent in another person. That person so desperately wants to heal, they think the only way is this is attainable is by taking what is not theirs. Don't let someone take what is not theirs. Keep you head high and remember you are so incredibly loved. You are moving mountains! 

Ella - 24 - Pennsylvania


Bullying is not something that should be ignored or some might say "pushed under the rug". Everyone in this world was born not perfect and the expectations of being perfect are far stretched these days. Bullies need help too, so why not offer a solution to their suffering so instead of them picking on someone else they could help someone. The victims of bullying need to speak up about it. Believe me I used to be bullied and never said anything about it. If no one knows then no one can help. We need more counselors in our school systems for the children to freely speak to about problems at home or at school or even just fears of the future. Be kind and repeat. Kindness can spread even more than hate. One last thing, before you make fun of someone or make assumptions about their life, imagine you are standing in their shoes. Their life may be difficult. We cannot go on our own assumptions. If you want to know something about someone just ask them. 

Natasha - 28 - Florida


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