At the Love Ed Movement, we understand that teens and millennials need a lot of support, especially with the rise in incidences of cyber bullying, teen sexting, secret apps, sextortion, and sexual assault violence on college campuses. Since starting this movement in 2016, we have provided outreach and education for teens and millennials on the dangers they face on and off-line and provide tips and viable solutions to help them make healthy relationship choices.
One of the programs we wanted to spotlight this month is the Megan Meier Foundation. The Megan Meier Foundation has one simple mission: to stop bullying and cyberbulling. The vision of the Megan Meier Foundation is to empower society to celebrate individuality and the acceptance of others and that by working together society can make a difference and create a safer and kinder world.
The foundation was founded by Megan’s mother in 2007 after her daughter committed suicide just before her 14th birthday after a cyber bullying incident. A neighbor and family friend created a fake MySpace account of a cute boy that showed interest in Megan. After awhile, his messages became puzzling as he ended his friendship with her and shared some of her private messages with others. With everyone ridiculing her and being distraught about the boy, she went up to her room and hung herself.
About 34% of students report experiencing cyber bullying during their lifetime. As of 2015, 92% of teens (13-17) reported going online daily and 24% reported going online “constantly.” Social media is associated with mental health problems, which includes depression, sleep disturbances and eating concerns among young adults.
One of the problems with social media is that it is too easy to bully someone and it's too easy to create fake accounts to pretend to be someone you're not. We need to put a stop to the cyber bullying before more teens and millennials take their life over it.
For more details and other statistics, please visit MeganMeierFoundation.