I can quote Mean Girls with the best of them. That movie is a classic that makes me laugh every time I watch it. Real mean girls aren't so funny, however. If you read my post, Big Hair and Bullies, you know the impact bullying can have on girls.
Starla Emerson, the heroin of my new story, knows all to well what its like to have a physical disability and fall victim to mean girls. She not only faces the mean comments and whispering at school, she deals with internet harassment as well.
While writing this story I looked into facts about cyber bullying....
- 81% of teens say its easier to bully someone online than in person.
- 70% see frequent bullying online
- 90% of teens who have seen bullying online say they ignore it
- Girls are more likely to fall victim to online bullies than boys
These are just a few facts I found at dosomething.org. Do Something has campaigns teens can sign up for to "make the world suck less". Maybe Starla should check it out.