I was checking Twitter tonight and saw a tweet from William Shatner.

I was expecting a comment about Star Trek or one of the television shows he follows. Instead, the link led to a story about a 17-year-old girl who had been attacked because of a dispute over posts on social media.

When I was in high school, the personal computer did not exist. Smartphones were science fiction. The only social media available was the newspaper. The worst people could do electronically was to call you on your landline telephone and yell in your ear. And most households only had one telephone.

Times have changed. Now, a harsh comment can reach the entire world in seconds. Unkind words and rumors can be spread with the click of a mouse.

It’s important for parents to talk to their children about the harm this can do. In this case, it led to physical violence. It’s also important for people of all ages to avoid being a part of this sort of bullying. Because it can spread so quickly to so many people, the situation can escalate out of control before cooler heads can react.

Please think twice before sending an angry tweet, text message, or other social media post when you are upset. It may destroy someone’s life—even your own.

The link to the story is here: Expert Says Social Media Has Taken Bullying To New Level « CBS Chicago.

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About K. R. Smith

K. R. Smith is an Information Technology Specialist and writer living in the Washington, D.C. area. While mainly a creator of short stories, he occasionally delves into poetry, songwriting, and the visual arts. His hope is to add a novel to this list someday. Examples of his other writings, especially flash fiction, with links to published works and information on upcoming stories are available at www.theworldofkrsmith.com. You may contact him on Twitter via @wokrsmith

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