TEEN TALK: How social media makes bullying worse

Published: May. 1, 2018 at 11:27 AM EDT
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A panel of local teens sat down with News 10's Lora Painter to talk about what's important to them.

"Teen Talk:Bullying" is the first of the series, airing Tuesdays at 6 PM on WILX.

"Our panel of teens from across mid-Michigan tell me bullying these days comes in many forms." said Lora Painter.

She said that because of social media that bullying these days takes on a whole new life of its own.

Student, Olivia Baily said, "I feel like social media definitely plays a big role in bullying, at least nowadays, because its where someone can hide behind a screen and say these mean things where it doesn't come back on them. So it's like, more easy to bully that way. "

Students on the panel told Lora that it's pretty common to see kids get bullied on social media. That the difference of being on a computer rather than face to face makes it a lot easier to be mean.

One student said that kids getting bullied on social media, may not even know that it's happening.

Student Clayton Jones said, "It's not a face to face contact, (so) a good way to settle something is through peer mediation. And something that we're trained to do is to have these people that are having a difficult time come face to face with each other, to kind of work something out and maybe talk out what their problem is with each other and why they're bullying."