Media focus on the ‘boy hits back’ bullying incident by newspapers across Australia, on A Current Affair and on Today Tonight is nothing short of reprehensible. Capitalising on this incident comes at the expense of the long term wellbeing of both boys and their families. These stories are naive, misguided and not in the least bit considerate of wider implications.
I congratulate YouTube who behaved responsibly and removed the video from its site as soon as they became aware of it. What a pity that mainstream media has not followed their responsible lead.
Repeatedly identifying both boys and their parents is disgusting, unhelpful and completely irresponsible. It’s time to stop focusing on this story and let both boys, their families and the school address the issue and move on.
Improving the mental health and wellbeing of young people is everyone’s responsibility. I believe the public interest would be better served through responsible discussion by media about how the entire community and schools can effectively tackle bullying.
So are you part of the problem or are you part of the solution media? I fail to see how repeatedly focusing on this incident is upholding the public interest.
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