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“TO BE OR NOT TO BE…? That is the question.

Each year 10 to 20 million people all over the world attempt to take their own life. Generations of our future children are rapidly disappearing with the growing rate of suicide and depression increasing. We can stop this with the help of more people acknowledging suicide and with the government taking action One potential cause of suicide in young people is bullying, whether cyber or in real life. A 15-year-old boy Lennon Baldwin committed suicide on the 2nd of April in his hometown of Morris Township, New Jersey. The teen’s mother found Lennon, who had hung himself, in his family home on the Wednesday afternoon. He took his life after being cyber bullied by kids at his high school. The World Health Organization estimates that it is the 13th leading cause of deaths worldwide and It is the leading cause of death among teenagers and adults under 35. It started with the Internet. While this technology held out the promise of a new era for interconnectedness, information sharing and education, it also came with a dark underbelly. The social web sites created have a useful side for information but it also is a breeding ground for teens to show their hatred for others. Cyber bullying is when a teen or child is harassed, tormented, threatened humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise

targeted by another teen or child by using the internet, mobile phones or other types of technology. In the Tuggerah Lakes area On the NSW central coast, comments on a social networking site led to a Year 8 female being assaulted by another Year 8 girl. One of the students, who sustained swelling to her forehead and complained of feeling dizzy and nauseous, was taken to hospital. The other girl injured her hand. Young people in today’s society, as they hide behind a computer, feel that they can abuse or torment...