A PSA was recently released by the Canadian Safe School Network which borrows the format of the popular “Mean Tweets” series created by Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!
The original segments feature celebrities reading mean tweets directed at them via their Twitter accounts.
The new PSA was created to help others understand that public figures (who have essentially signed up to allow their personas to be criticized by the media), and the criticism that they receive, is a vastly different beast than the cyber bullying commonly associated with children in adolescence. For these kids, there is no pre-approved, producer selected, mildly offensive tweet (with publicist approval) to help take their image to the next level. These children have nothing to gain by enduring hate speech directed at social media accounts.