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  • Allie

    When I was in 7th grade, just 12 years old, my best friend started becoming a victim of bullying when her older neighbor began harassing her over Facebook messaging. She had been adopted, so that was the topic of the harassment. My best friend was very strong, and did not take this nonsense, so she told her parents. They responded by talking to the girls mother which then spiraled into a feud amongst the adults. When my friends bullying had seemed to simmer, mine was just beginning. I was a much weaker target, as I was very soft spoken. My friends neighbor started getting a gang together. She and 3 of her friends would comment on every one of my Facebook posts and "like" all of my posts in spite of me. It was very devastating- I felt as though I was being attacked and could no longer be who I truly was without being criticized. I did not stand for it though. I would still make posts and even comment back. In my mind, I was showing them that I didn't care. But I was just fueling them further. My friends neighbor, the original bully, had family that were my age that went to my school. She also had a cousin that knew of me. I was then harassed by two more people because of this girl. Now it wasn't only online, but in school too. I was always a very logical girl, so I told my mom. She did exactly what I would've wanted. She consoled me when I showed her the messages, she helped me with what to say and how to stand up for myself properly and not let these people win. Even though my self-esteem was extremely low at this point, I was able to come back and learn to deal with them. Now, 6 years later, I am stronger than I've ever been after I stopped allowing people to hurt me. To anyone reading this- things get better! If you feel even the slightest bit victimized, speak up. Don't let mean people get you down. And trust me, karma exists! Read more »
  • Lilly

    I have been a victim of bullying. It started around 5th grade when we went to a new bigger school. I was the really shy kid and most people didn't talk to me, but getting social media back then was a big thing and that is where I could be me. I didn't like to talk to anyone because I was Bisexual. I see girls liking boys and boys liking girls. No one likes being with the same sex. I didn't want people to know. Eventually I got an Instagram account. I was full me. I was crazy and fun and enjoying myself. I found this really pretty girl on there and we soon became friends. She didn't know I liked her though. After a while she found out. She thought it was disgusting. I was hurt, but she made it worse. She made a fake account of me. She posted very sexual things to girls, things I would never say. She made me look needy and a horrible person. Soon she photoshopped pictures of me in horrible situations. She followed my friends and said bad things to them. Because of her I became more and more depressed. I was hurting myself. She got to my weak point. I was diagnosed with depression at an early age, but she made it worse. I have gotten better, but I still need help. I don't want people to go through what I did. Read more »
  • Spencer

    Hello.I've never really discussed this with anyone other then family. I started my senior year in high school last year and I wouldn't call it amazing everyone would curse me out and say how ugly I was and sometimes my bully became physical. I wasn't scared but it still hurt so one day I finally said something. I told one of the girls you might be pretty but you have an ugly heart and you are only doing this because you are insecure and don't want anyone to notice bad things about you. So you say bad things about me and other people so the bad attention goes on me and everyone else.Put yourself in our shoes because I presume that you wouldn't like it so that's why you are doing it. Stop just stop! Ever since then we have been very good friends. I'm finishing up my first year of college and everything's so marvelous. So it's ok! Don't hurt yourselves because someone else has problems with themselves and you don't need compliments because that means they really don't like you and when you get insulted that means their jealous so. It's ok! I love you all! Spencer Read more »
  • Lauren

    Hello, My name is Lauren Brocious and I am 18 years old from Winchester, VA. In December, I created an anti-bullying video entitled "#labels". The video has been viewed more than 5 million times world wide. I have a lot of younger viewers and I know that this would empower a lot of people in my area.  Here is the link to my video. https://youtu.be/cMLQ7kx74AM Thanks for you time, Lauren Brocious

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  • Miranda

    I'd be lying if I said bullying doesn't suck because it does. I spent most of my freshman year being bullied and having kids threatening to beat me. It got so bad, that there were days where I didn't want to go to school because of the bullying. Eventually, though, I got tired of living my life in fear because of them. Yes, it took several times of going to people and telling them what was going on, but it finally stopped. Advice for people getting bullied now; I now it seems like there's nowhere to go, I know what it's like thinking you have no one to back you up. It does get better, trust me! It may seem dark and gloomy now, but keep your chin up and everything will work out! Read more »
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