Cyber-Bullying, UF Students Fight Back
GAINESVILLE - Megan Meier was a 13 year old girl in Missouri who committed suicide after being bullied online, in 2006. As the technology advances so do these type of cases. In fact 78 percent of adolescents who commit suicide were bullied online in addition to offline, according to a study by Pew Research Center. Today, her mother Tina Meier visited The University of Florida to share her daughter's story.
The Megan Meier Foundation is a non-profit organization which she started in hopes to stop bullying and prevent what happened to her daughter, Tina from happening again. Meier tells me she wants to create positive change by talking to this generation, in an effort to raise awareness. Not just about cyber-bullying but verbal, physical and social too. Meier says talking to kids at a young age is key in preventing bullying. "The hope is, is that if we go back and start early with children in pre-school, from elementary all the way through... That we can start making this change. And efforts like these will help parents that are going to be going into parenthood, it will help a lot of different people," Meier says.
Raising awareness at UF doesn't stop here. UF students created the event "Paint the Town Orange." It's a collaborative effort taking place on February 27th, where people are encouraged to wear orange in order to raise awareness towards the issue of bullying. For more information on this event, you can check out their website.
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