Amanda Todd: The Result of Bullying – Part Two
Posted by michael smith
Today I’d like to take a closer look at not only bullying, but also trends that have changed dramatically since the 1950’s. As many can tell with simple observation, social changes have evolved over that time in many areas. For the sake of the topic, I isolated teen suicide over the past 60 years and the elevated statistics should alarm all. Between the 1950’s and 1990 for instance, the teen suicide rate went from 1.0 for every 100,000 children in 1950 to 1.45 teen suicides per 100,000 for children in 1990. Do you think a .45 increase is not much?
It’s a 50% increase!
The answer is a resounding yes. But the numbers grew enormously since that time or, at an 800% increase. And since 1990, the statistics were moreso eratic. According to Science Daily in 2007, “The decline took place from 1990 to 2003 (from 9.48 to 6.78 per 100,000 people), and the increase took place from 2003 to 2004, (from 6.78 to 7.32),” the report said.
What happened during these increases and decreases? What contributing factors should be addressed to curb a growing problem? It would seem that we’ve convinced ourselves that bullying is the sole factor. But as I looked into this trend deeper, I discovered many culprits.
I’m not suggesting that youths go back to the days when technology to kids was a calculator. But, I do suggest looking at the social changes since then. Many facets of American lives have evolved into many great things that make life more convenient and have enhanced variables of social networking and connections. The way American children were parented, taught in schools and dealt with bullying has changed immensely. And not all for the good.
Personal responsibility and the way our youth are taught problem-solving is another evolving issue through the years. Accountability is everything, but when not instilled at an early age, the consequences could be destructive. We’re seeing this accountability dwindle before our eyes, year after year.
So how does the bullying against Amanda Todd relate? Think about it with an open mind. In the immediate future, most sympathisers want justice. Amanda’s followers want an investigation into the ordeal and want someone brought before the people to be judged. In our right minds, all of us should feel the same way.
But Amanda is gone now, and the bullying continues.
I’d like to make Part Three of this series about what readers or those concerned about teen suicide think the real issues are. I want to hear from those with experience as it relates to bullying. I want to hear their voices. We know that bullying had much to do with Amanda Todd’s plight to suicide. But as a nation, what are we willing to do to not only do something about it, but also understand the root causes?
I suggest the problem solving commencing instead of the hate and denial. Right now, it’s up to our youth to make us better understand their struggles in today’s technological, social world. Remedies could then be put in place to save our kids from the ultimate act of depression, suicide.