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How Mason Students Enlighten Social Issue Through Video

The goal of the #WordsHurt campaign is to raise awareness about the effects cyber bullying has on the mental health of the entire community.

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How Mason Students Enlighten Social Issue Through Video

The goal of the #WordsHurt campaign is to raise awareness about the effects cyber bullying has on the mental health of the entire community. The mission of this team of seven Public Relations students at George Mason University is to create a video message enlightening the issues of cyber bullying. Our team strives to reach out to Mason organizations and our social media audiences to ask people to share your story, sign the pledge, and stop cyber bullying. The reality is that words hurt no matter how it is received.

The comments written in this video are the actual results surveyed students at Mason have be called.

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The #WordsHurt campaign conducted preliminary research to see if cyber bullying has extended onto college. Results show a growing number of the young adults in college have been a victim of bullying via text message, email, or social media. The survey reports 75% of college students know or have been a victim of cyber bullying, 45% have sent hateful and discriminating messages online, and 46% of people have sent a negative comment about someone's physical appearance. The people who are attacking others for looking or being different do not realize the effects it has on the victims receiving those hurtful messages because of the anonymity. Disguised by a username, our internet identity has a privacy option. According to Emory University, suicide is the third leading cause of death among college students. The said risk factors in college include new environment, loss of social network, loss of the safety net found at home, pressure academically or socially, isolation and alienation, difficulty adjusting to new demands of college life, etc. Those who decide to write hurtful messages online carry on without really understanding how many other college students are susceptible to depression, anxiety, and isolation. Often times, the aggressors suffer from personal problems in their lives and think they can dump it onto other people as a defense mechanism. The greatest thing about the internet is that we all can have a voice, but the worst thing about it is that we all have a voice. If we want to exercise our right to freedom of speech, we have to take responsibility for what we say both online and in person. Help us raise awareness on cyber bullying.

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