Cyberbullying is never okay

Today, technology has done much to make us more productive and give us information at our fingertips. Technology, when applied appropriately, can improve the quality of life, share ideas and information, and make people and places seem so much closer and approachable.

We can share joy, such as the birth of a child or a wedding, or a great achievement such as getting a great score on a test or making a great play in a game. We can share laughter, whether it is a silly cat video, fox video, joke, epic rap, or mime. We can also share tears and frustration and seek comfort, as well as advice or counsel.

Sadly, we can also share hate. We have the power to hurt others. Debating a point or discussing an issue vigorously is one thing, but targeting and stalking someone using technology is downright horrible. Hiding behind a desktop, laptop, smartphone, tablet, or wearable tech and spewing nasty comments is not cool. It is not something to be admired. Let’s see it for what it is: cowardice. And if it is done with full knowledge that this behavior is hurting and continuing to hurt someone, these activities are downright despicable.

This needs to stop. Stop and think before you act.

Note: This is not just a problem for the young. Adults, some of us are just as guilty.