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JoAnn Chaney
Vail CO, Colorado
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Like any mother, I worry about my children. I worry about their health, their feelings, and their overall well-being. But with the impending approach of my son’s entrance in to kindergarten this fall, I find myself worrying about one thing in particular.

Bullies.

That’s right. Bullies. You know, those kids that seem to thrive on making others feel inferior, who take a strange pleasure out of making another child miserable. They might pummel other kids with their fists, or they might just use teases and mean words. I don’t want my kid to be the victim of a bully, and I would certainly hope that he never becomes one.

But I recently realized that some kids don’t grow out of “bully-hood”. Oh, no. There are adult bullies out there, skulking around the streets like perfectly normal people. And these adults still enjoy making others upset and emotionally distraught. These people are throwing negative feedback at everyone they possibly can (and I’m sure their families and co-workers LOVE them for it), and getting off on every minute of it.

Of course, I am referring to my own personal issues. Since writing this blog, I have had some comments calling me a bad mother (and much worse). Just a few horrible comments, mind you ” but it was enough to make me realize that there are bullies out there, who have ” gasp! ” access to the Internet!

And now these bullies can hide behind an anonymous screen name and lash out at whatever target they can find in cyber space. And not with helpful constructive criticism(which is always welcome), but with cruel words that would make anyone cringe.

Ah, modern technology. You have to love it.

(On a side note, I’ve heard that these ignoramuses can be referred to as “E-Thugs.” Just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? “Help! I’ve been assaulted by an e-thug!)

To get to my point, these comments have made me feel the need to justify myself as a mother. (Don’t ask me why I care what anyone might think.)

Do I think I deserve the Mother of the Year Award? No.

Do I love my kids? With all my heart.

Am I trying as hard as I can to raise them to be hard-working, well behaved, responsible little people? Definitely, yes.

nd I think that most mothers are the same way. We try the best we can with what we have. Sometimes there are mistakes, and sometimes there are successes. And sometimes things happen that deserve a little chuckle. And that’s all I’m trying to do here ” pass on a little giggle.

When I was in the second grade, I was teased every day by some of the boys at school. I would get upset to the point of tears until I realized what I could do: I filled my pink plastic My Little Ponies lunchbox up with rocks, ready to thump the next bully over the head. I never did have to use that lunchbox, but I’m sure it would have been a lesson that those boys would have never forgotten.

So look closely at my photo ” because if you’re an e-thug and you see me coming your way with an extremely heavy purse (no doubt weighted down with river rocks or rolls of quarters) then you should probably run the other direction.

(By the way, this is meant to be a HUMOROUS blog. If you read the last paragraph and thought I was serious, you shouldn’t make a habit of coming back to read my writing. Perhaps you’d better sign off the internet and try bullying some real, live people for a change of pace. Or go snowshoeing. I’ve heard that it’s wonderful exercise.)


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