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Carli Leavitt is a public relations specialist and avid blogger who is passionate about the safety of children in the digital age. Follow her on Twitter @CarliLeavitt
Dec 14, 2016
A new cyberbullying trend called “roasting” is taking the internet by storm and wreaking havoc for targeted kids across the globe. What started as a popular Reddit thread called “Roast Me” and then became a popular television event on Comedy Central roasting has been gaining in popularity. Some of today’s biggest celebrities have been the subject of these roasts including Justin Bieber, Joan Rivers, and even President Elect Donald Trump.
These roasts are often hard to watch as these people’s peers rip them apart with hurtful insults and personal attacks all in the name of a laugh. While celebrities can sometimes handle this situation, and do so voluntarily, recently young kids have started getting in on the action by roasting their peers on social media and other public forums with catastrophic consequences.
What is Roasting?A roast is when a person subjects themselves to public ridicule and insults from their peers under the guise of joking. While this may seem like an easy way for some laughs on TV, it’s becoming a dangerous and harmful new form of cyberbullying among kids, especially young girls.
Are Girls or Boys More Likely to Roast Someone?Recent articles claim that young girls are more likely to roast classmates and groups of girls roasting boys has become a trend. This bullying can include hurtful and direct insults, creating memes using the person’s face, and even attacking the person’s character on a public forum. The targets of these attacks then feel as if they have to take the treatment for fear of being unable to take a joke. While girls aren’t the only ones roasting their peers, a 2014 study showed that nearly twice as many girls (19%) have experienced cyberbullying than boys (10%).
Effects of CyberbullyingThis new cyberbullying trend is another disturbing way kids are targeting each other online resulting in self-esteem issues, depression, and even suicide. Cyberbullying is a form of emotional abuse that can have serious and long term consequences, but there are things parents can do to protect their children from this type of behavior.
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