Sunday 21 January 2018

Aisling O’Connor: How adults are giving children a master class in cyber-bullying

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

'HOW can we ask for our young stars to have a high level of responsibility if we are not demonstrating that same level of responsibility towards them?" asked Jada Pinkett Smith in an open letter on her Facebook page last Sunday, addressing the recent aimless criticism of Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift.

The actress-singer ponders if there is any difference between cyber-bullying and how adults conduct themselves online. She might be on to something. As a society, are we advocates of cyber-bullying in leading by example?

Jada and her husband, Will Smith, are parents to the latest kids on the celebrity chopping block: Jaden (14) and Willow (12). The celebu-mom airs her disgust at social media, blogging and online articles that call out the behaviour of Bieber, Swift, Rihanna and Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis which, beyond the realm of Hollywood, would be put down to growing pains.

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