|ABC Family Original Movie, Cyberbully.|
The ABC Family Original Movie, Cyberbulling, is an interesting film that stands at a crossroads between being a gritty exploration of seemingly nonsensical teenage harassment and a cautionary tale of what you should and shouldn’t do on the Internet as orated by adults frustrated by the new medium.
The film tells the tale of young Taylor Hillridge, who opens up a profile on a risque spin-off of Facebook, called “Clicksters”. Everything is fun and games until Taylor’s best friend opens up a fake profile – unbeknownst to Taylor – sporting the picture of an attractive male teenager that starts flirting with her online, sometimes defending online attacks that Taylor’s acquaintances at school launch upon her and sometimes adding to the fire.
While cyberbullying is a difficult problem without an easy fix, one of the more effective methods is also the most ignored: unplugging yourself. If a message thread on Facebook or Cyberbully’s “Clicksters” proves too nasty to read, just don’t and ignore the whole thing. The fact that Taylor constantly returns to the network to check up on her latest messages – which are never nice ones – is tantamount to Taylor physically beating herself up and is reflective of teenage stubbornness and its exacerbating effect on cyberbullying.
It’s an interesting movie – with flaws – but above all, it communicates a clear message about teenagers that beat themselves over the head, unnecessarily, with cyberbullying. Like putting salt on an open wound.