Police and social workers come to families of students who harass others on social media

Cases from our school should be a lesson for us to think twice before posting something online

Recently, digital sins from her youth avenged on a rising young German politician. Her name is Sarah-Lee Heinrich and as mixer.hr writes, two months ago she became the spokesperson of the Green Youth party. Although she deleted inappropriate tweets a long time ago because she was ashamed of them as she matured, after she was elected to the position of spokesperson, someone launched her tweets to the public. In addition to questioning her function, she also received death threats. Her case is another example of not publishing anything on the internet that we might regret later.

Some of our students may or may not have heard about this case of a young German woman. However, they must have heard of a case of recent inappropriate behaviour by some of our students on one of the apps. Problems that arise after such outbursts in classroom relations and even among parents of students, often require the help of professional services at the school, including the ombudswoman for children, social welfare, and the police.

Various social networks and apps like Messenger, Whatsapp, and others are genius inventions that allow us to communicate online with people from all over the world. But if we use them inappropriately, they can make our lives miserable. They can affect our lives, but also the lives of our families.

Social networks have also simplified communication for us kids in primary schools. Yet despite everything we learn in school about communicating on social media, there are still problems. At school, we heard from teachers, but also read, that suicides are often the result of insults on social networks. Some people experience insults on the Internet very emotionally because those insults live far longer than those that happened in real life, and many more people we know and do not know read about them quickly. Abusers and those who otherwise behave inappropriately on social networks may later regret it, as the young German politician regretted.

Perhaps, after the Ombudsperson for Children and some other institutions found out about their inappropriate outbursts on social networks, some of our students also regretted it. But now it’s too late for that. However, their example and the consequences they will have for what they have done should be a lesson to the rest of us. /Lara Trušček, 7.b; photo: archive “Klinček” 2015/

The original article is published in the school digital newspaper  KLINČEK

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