Sunday, September 17, 2017

County Fair is a Learning Experience

Humboldt County, California
Hailey Hipes

The 121st annual Humboldt County Fair is coming to Ferndale, California August 23rd! All of the fair kids are preparing to show their animals. Everyone is working together to put this event together.

Skylar Mattly, a member of the FFA raised a sheep this year for fair. “This is only my first year raising a lamb” she says, “and I plan on doing it next year as well.” She chose to raise a lamb because they “are very playful, easy to control, and they have a personality” She is obviously very happy with her choice to raise a lamb, but it also came with a list of pros and cons. A few pros included “meeting new people at fair, connecting with the animal, and seeing the many different ways that people do things.” Overall, it was a great experience.

Lindsey Kleiner, a Fortuna High agriculture teacher, is also very passionate about her job as well as the things that come with it. “There are 49 kids that raise animals through Fortuna FFA,” she said. Each animal has a certain amount of time that it needs put into it. The most common, goats, sheep, and pigs, need a minimum of 5 months of care and attention. Other larger animals, like cows need 12-18 months of care and attention. Each animal’s costs for everything are different. Cows cost around $2,500 to raise, as to a goat or a sheep that costs around $700. Kleiner said that there are many different hardships that are faced. “Animals can get diseases and die,” and that is a very hard thing to deal with, but if you raise your animal well, that makes the fair so rewarding.

Fortuna Huskies Football off to solid start

Fortuna, Calfornia
Ethan Higgins

The Fortuna High football team is looking forward to a very competitive, and hopefully a very long season for the 2017-2018 school year. Coach Mike Benbow stated in an interview that he is most looking forward to the game against Cardinal Newman, saying “to be the best, you've got to beat the best.”Quarterback JB agrees with Benbow saying that he too is, “looking forward to Newman the most.”

The Fortuna High football team is looking at a roster full of seniors who have varsity experience and have been working very hard over the off season. “Although every player is important and plays a part, it's hard to not say something about the three and four year varsity starters Church Crenshaw and JB Lewis,” who Benbow says are great leaders. The Huskies start their season off with an away game against Cardinal Newman on August 25th where they will travel to Santa Rosa to play the returning section champions.

Update: Friday night senior Bailey Foley number 20 on the Fortuna High Football team suffered a traumatic brain injury and had to be rushed to the hospital. The previous part of this article and interviews were done before the game on Friday night. This event is a tragedy to say the least, and prayers go out to Bailey and his family.

Fortuna tennis welcomes new season

Fortuna, California
Bailey Sanderson

The Fortuna High girls tennis team season started a few weeks ago, and they are all excited about the new season and striving for victory. Although this team isn't the most popular at Fortuna High, the team is still very proud to be representing the high school. They have been practicing for two weeks and couldn't be more excited for their first match. Although not everyone on the team gets to compete, so they have been fighting for their starting spots.

Savannah Houseworth, a first year tennis player, decided to try out for her senior year, so she could play one sport before graduation. This is her first year; she is hoping to get good enough to be able to play in an actual tennis match.

She has confidence in her team saying, “Pretty much everybody but me have been playing tennis for a number of years and they're really good. I have a feeling we will do really well this season.” The team seems to bond very well together, and she says that is her favorite part of being on this team. The Fortuna tennis team needs all the support they can get, so check out their schedule on the Fortuna High page.  

Abigail Albin, a four-year team member, is very excited for her last season on the tennis team. She is ready for the matches and is excited to see how they do. She said,  “I'm very happy the season is starting and I can't wait for our first match in Del Norte this saturday.”  She expresses that they could use some more support at the home tennis games though. So if you can get the chance to come, check one out.

Senior at Fortuna High Explains Her Love For Volleyball

By Jessi Shinn

The 2017 Varsity Volleyball season has just begun. A player on the team, Meelah Milligan, just made the team for her fourth consecutive season. Milligan has been playing volleyball for 6 years and loves the action and competitiveness of the sport.

Milligan continues to benefit from the sport in many ways. Her favorite part of the sport is the excitement she feels for her team on and off the court, “My team makes me happy and I love the laughter that is brought to the court.” She says she has always loved sports and enjoys being active. She decided to try volleyball in the seventh grade and has played ever since. The love for the sport began after her 1st year when she had realized the special bond she created with each individual teammate. She loves being on the court with her team and has become fond of the excitement she feels when her team gets a “kill.”

Milligan says she feels great about her team this year and feels they will do excellent. Last season, Milligan and her team did exceptional, coming home with only a few losses. “Arcata is our biggest competition and we are really hoping to bring home that win,” Milligan stated.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Marijuana Grown on Agricultural Land and its Effects on Land Prices

Fortuna, CA.

By Benny Pavloff

The legalization of marijuana in California has affected land prices in Humboldt
County immensely. Large corporations and pharmaceutical companies have bought up ag land in Northern California in the heart of the Emerald Triangle and people don't know how to feel about this. A positive factor of growers coming in is more money will flow through the counties, but land prices for crop and dairy farmers have gone up, a lot.

Humboldt County is known for its beautiful forests, its rough oceans, and most of all, marijuana. We live in the heart of the Emerald Triangle, the name given to Humboldt,
Trinity, and Mendocino counties, for obvious reasons.

Sally Conley, a real estate agent, says the prices for land in Humboldt have actually declined since last year, the last places to see the most spike is price is east of Fortuna in the Dinsmore area and in southern Humboldt. Homeowners in the area were surprisingly not affected, instead cattle and dairy have seen the most impact with land prices almost doubling.

With marijuana being a cash crop nowadays, permits are required for legal grows, and in the Humboldt and Trinity counties upwards of 2800 growers have applied, out of that 2800 only around 10 have been permitted. Large grows supervised by companies have pushed out smaller, and usually illegal,  growers from the area by raising the land prices. Will the same happen to our dairy and other local crops?

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Fall and Rise of the Music Department

Fortuna, California
Emily Smith
In the small town of Fortuna, California, a local high school is working at saving their beloved music department. After the previous teacher resigned, the department was left with no teacher for the 2017-2018 school year.

The current students enrolled in this program were devastated, but never gave up. They not only held fundraisers all summer long, including face painting at the 3rd of July Festival at Newburg  Park, but many meetings to raise awareness to their search for a new teacher.

Senior Amanda Smith has been involved in the music department for all four years of high school, “I’ve been involved since my freshman year when I took music tech, then glee choir sophomore year, for this school year and last my part in the music department is that I’m in Camarada singers” We discussed about how the department lost its teacher,  Amanda says that “She got better job opportunities,  but chose the one closer, so she could visit.”

Since the music meeting at the FUHS Board meeting that took place days before school starting, they have put in substitutes for each branch of music classes. “Currently Mr. Peterson is subbing for choir, Mr. Benbow is subbing for the marching band, and Mr. Helms is subbing for the Jazz Band class” Besides school classes, the band is involved in many things including the homecoming parade, game, and weekly friday night games. Duey stated that subs have been put in place for those events as well. “Mr. Peterson has stepped in to be in control overseeing that and the drum major is writing all the music.” He also confirmed that three applicants had applied for the position, and he had offered the job to one.

“Well, I am optimistic that we will have a music teacher in place during the first week of September.”

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Fortuna High Changes Schedule

Fortuna, California
Pauline Willing

The schedule change is this year, in 2017. The students of the Fortuna High started school this year earlier. They decided that the first day of the semester started at the 14th August.

A lot of people have different opinions about the schedule change.

The teacher, Amy Conley thinks very positive about it because the finals, which are very important for the students, are before the winter break. That means that the students can relax in their vacation and have not to study in it.

Another positive aspect is that there is more time to prepare because of the early start  and there also is an early end. The students get graduedet on June 1st.
Amy Conley said, “School should be about preparing kids, this schedule prepares kids better.”

Also there are a few negative things. For example that the elementary school doesn’t change. Fortuna High was the only school that changed. So families which have children who go on different schools started different too.

Tia Graham, the student of the Fortuna High, said it was really negative for her. Her summer break was two weeks shorter. Most of students think the same.

But the decision was clear, 80% of the teachers wanted the schedule.

There’s an Officer on Campus?!

Fortuna, California
Isabella Vonglakhone

This year at Fortuna Union High School many things are changing especially with the new addition of an on campus School Resource Officer, Officer Frank. As Officer Frank states it, “I think it was a shock at first for the students seeing me walk around-but I haven’t had any major negative interactions with the kids, it’s all be positive.” According to Frank,  Fortuna High has been very inviting, and she loves it so far.

She currently holds her main office on Fortuna High’s campus and works with any campus that feeds into Fortuna High. She tells me that she does an array of jobs from going to social functions, helping out with clubs, arresting, giving a positive name to the police force, and serving as a mentor/guidance to those who need it. Fortuna Police Department and County Major Z’s vision for having a School Resource Officer on campus was to help make the schools a more welcoming place to learn by dealing with drugs, truancy, and violence issues.

“Officer Frank brings a positive light,” says Principal Duey.

Officer Frank has always wanted to be in law enforcement. At age twenty-five, she began the police academy after buying a house, a car, and getting settled. She takes after her father who is ex= law enforcement. She says that she loved working with children and thought about becoming a teacher. Becoming a School Resource Office here at Fortuna High ended up being the right fit for her to be able to do the two things that she loves. Fortuna High can’t wait to see the positive affects Officer Frank will have on our campus and the one’s in the Eel River Valley.

Fortuna High Teacher Travels to Oregon to Watch Solar Eclipse

Fortuna, California

By Paige Richardson

On August 21, nearly 12 million people watched the Solar Eclipse that stretched from the Northwest in Oregon to the Southeast in South Carolina using eclipse glasses or welding helmets to protect their eyes.

RuairĂ­ Arrieta-Kenna from Vox News states that the eclipse was visible from all 48 states in the continental United States with a 70-mile-wide sliver of totality for 14 states. The last solar eclipse in the United States was 38 years ago, but since the last coast to coast eclipse it has been 99 years.

Amy Conley, a Fortuna High teacher said, “This was my first total solar eclipse, but it won't be my last. It was so cool. I've always enjoyed astronomy, and took every college course I could. A solar eclipse requires the sun, moon, and earth to line up with the moon directly between the earth and sun.” Conley traveled up to Oregon and watched the eclipse from Black Butte, Oregon; they drove onto a forest service road and watched the show from there.

FAFSA and Placement Tests Change

Fortuna, Ca
Alvretta Huffman

FAFSA starts October 1st, ends March 2nd and changes with placements tests for college. FAFSA is important for people who will attend college. Placement test are mandatory in some colleges in the state of California.

FAFSA is a program for students who live in the United States and would like to apply for financial aid. Placement test help students see what classes they need to take that suits them. Application dates for FAFSA now starts October 1st and end March 2nd. It’s first come, first serve for money, so applications need to go in before March 2nd if the students would like to be selected. If the applications are turned in after the 2nd, there is no guarantee that they will be funded in FAFSA or the amount, according to Coley Gaines from TRIO.

Seniors graduating in 2018 will no longer take the English Placement Test (EPT) or Entry Level Mathematics exam (ELM) and will instead have to rely on the Early Assessment Program test taken last spring or SAT scores to be placed in college-level classes. The placement test are for students who live in California, when they apply for college and need to know what classes they need to take.

Ms. Conley, an English teacher at Fortuna High, knows a lot about the FAFSA program and placement tests. “Fafsa gets students money for scholarships and grants you don't have to pay back.” She thinks it will help many students for future funding for college, and the longer a student waits they get less money when they apply.

An Earlier Schedule Leads to Missing Days for Fair for Some Students

Fortuna, CA
By Caitlin Garfield
The Humboldt County Fair is a very popular event that takes place in late August every year. The Fair Grounds are in Ferndale, California, and people from all over Northern California visit to see the interesting new attractions each year.

Members of local FFA and 4-H groups present animals and plants to judges and try to get awards. Most of these members are ages 19 and below, they attend school, which normally starts the week after the fair occurs. This year Fortuna Union High School started their school year the week before the County fair. Many members feel stressed about this and also have to miss school.

The advisors of the Fortuna FFA, Lindsey Kleiner and Hannah Lovfald, are both teachers at Fortuna High, they are busy at fair which lead to substitutes being hired by the school which costs the school money and creates a less efficient teaching environment.

When asked if she thought beginning school earlier was a good or bad thing, Kleiner stated, “I think it’s a cool idea to start early and have testing early too, but it does complicate things. Miss Lovfald and I have to stay at the fair to keep an eye on everyone’s animals while they are at school. People are also getting stressed about missing their zero period to come to our daily morning meetings.”

Mrs. Kleiner is very optimistic about this, and she is intrigued to see if the new schedule will improve the school’s outcome. After the week is over, the idea will have either been great or awful, and it is in the school’s hands to decide whether or not it should happen again next year.

JV Volleyball gets a new coach

Fortuna, California

By Hannah Driscoll

Mckenzie Emmons is a sophomore at Fortuna High School and is starting the year off playing JV Volleyball. Emmons says, “I’ve played Volleyball ever since the 7th grade, it has been one of my favorite sports and I always make a bunch of new friends doing it, also it keeps me very busy and in shape for the next sport.”

During her years of play Emmons realized volleyball takes a lot of teamwork and communication. Emmons play the position of setter and right side hitter, also in Volleyball you really have to keep an eye out of what’s going on she says.

In 2016, Patty Smith coach a total of 17 games for the JV Volleyball , this year they will be starting with a brand new coach. Emmons thinks they will do pretty well this year.

Friday, August 25, 2017

From Germany to Fortuna: FUHS’ Foreign Exchange Program

Fortuna, California
By Liana Hetticher

Senior foreign exchange students, from left, Miisa Maki and Pauline Willing. Not pictured Marta Majo-Dafouce

Fortuna Union High School has offered a Foreign Exchange Program for quite some time. “It’s been in existence since I worked here and attended in the 90’s,” says Fortuna High principal Mr. Clint Duey.

The advantages of this program is exposing students to new environments, cultures, and gives them a chance to learn new things through the students and staff at Fortuna High. The expenses are self-funded, meaning that each student has to come up with the money for a plane ticket into the country, but the program is sponsored by the Rotary Club.

Pauline Willing, from Germany, is one of our three foreign exchange students here at FUHS for the 2017-2018 school year. In Germany, Pauline’s school is known as a Realschule, it holds 10 grades and it has the same students in every class. Their schedules change day to day. Pauline came to this school to see another country and it’s culture. Although, she has been learning English since the 5th grade, moving here has helped her overcome the language barrier as she learns more of the language every day. Her favorite class at FUHS is the fitness and flexibility offered by Coach Lynch.

“I am really happy with my decision to come here. In this short time, I learned a lot and I’m without my family so it's all my own decision, which is really cool," explains Pauline when asked about her decision in coming to America.

Marta Majo-Dafauce
By Tanner Baum

Fortuna High Senior Marta Majo-Dafauce is a foreign exchange student from Madrid, Spain. She is not yet a fluent speaker in English, but she wants to grow in her abilities. Marta just joined the program for the exchange students this year. She was able to become a foreign exchange student because of the Fortuna Rotary Club.
She became an exchange student for her parents; they want her to become a good English speaker. Marta comes from Madrid, Spain which is all the way across the Atlantic. She said that it is hotter in Madrid during the summer, but it also snows in the winter.

Marta’s school in Spain was a lot different than our local school. She said, “In Madrid our school work is a lot harder.” At her school, all the rules seem more strict. In her school they have a uniform to wear to school everyday, and they go to school from 9:00 to 5:00.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

No more anonymous apps marketed to teens!


Here are some anonymous apps that mostly teenagers use to cyber bully or cyber harassment is Yik-Yak, Whisper, Fire chat, After school, burn book ,Kandid, Memo, Anomo, Psst! Anonymous, WUT, and Truth. These websites are encouraging  the cyber harassment  and much more. And I also feel like these app creators should get sued or they should be liable for kids on these apps. So if a child gets in trouble the app creator should get in trouble for creating it.
As this image shown on yik yak  an anonymous person is calling girls at a  school a vulgar  name and this is why you,, the app creator should not create apps like this. Yes, i understand cyberbullying was already a problem because it goes on at schools, neighborhoods, social media or even at home but now it's an even bigger problem because people like you want to make apps like this and you basically encourage them to cyber harass or bully kids at school. And once they get into school everyone is talking about them and downloading the app  that's when it all begins.

For example at my school there is now a app called “after school”  and the school had to put a blockade on it so kids coulnt use it because so many people were getting bullied. The reason kids want to get on websites like the ones listed above is to talk to their friends with adult in the room or post opinions without having a label on them. The adults could delete the app or they could ground them or even maybe they restricted them from internet but the kids can still find a way to post bad things on theses website that's another reason why we shouldn't have theses apps. These apps are really bad and if someone gets hurt or tries to hurt someone i feel that you should be held accountable for losses or injury because these apps are the reasoning for it. I also feel like the app creators should get sued or something because no one gets blame when someone commits suicide because they are getting bullied on theses apps and they get to that point.

Have you even know what it's like to lose someone by suicide from cyber harassment ?  4500 commit suicide each year and that number is very high and which is another reason why we should get rid of it. We need to get the numbers down for suicide from cyber bullying. On this website cyber bullying   i found out that 81 % of teens say bullying online is way easier to get away with so if kids use anonymous apps that you are creating it's easier to get away with then instead of doing it at school, or social media, or even in the neighborhood.

When apps creators like yourself create chat rooms like this cause way more bigger problems for us trying to make the cyber bullying and harassment stop or make it a lesser problem in this world. I feel like parents should also have provisional eyes on their kids phone for these chat rooms so that can’t cause problems or prevent it from happening it to their kid. There was this girl her name was megan Meier and she hang herself in her bedroom closet for the reasoning because she was on chat rooms like you create and you need to fix them and remove them. You making them just for them money is cause people all around the world like Megan to commit suicide. So if you think money is more important than a life then you need to reevaluate people's life. I feel like you should make apps that teens will love that won't involve in cyber bullying and that you should think if there is any way there could be  possibility of your app causing someone to hurt themselves. Don't make the apps like yik yak or after school cause it's just asking for trouble. If i were to make an app for teens i would make it where you can speak your mind and don't de discriminated from your thoughts and if so did their would be harsh consequences or they would be blocked from using the websites. You need to make this change because if you don't it will just keep happening and eventually you will get sued and then no one will even go to the anonymous apps.  

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Why Cyber Citizenship Should be Included in the Education System

By  Rose

Have you ever wondered how to prevent cyberbullying in today's youth? Cyber harassment has been a major issue within the youth because of social media. There are many social media apps that kids can sign up for that not only requires their personal information but also has other people on it. Defining cyberbullying to me is pretty easy. It’s when a user of an app continuously says mean things to harm or to mess with another person. I believe digital citizenship should be a needed lesson in the American school system because it will help students, parents, and teachers to understand the struggles that come with today's technology.

I encourage every parent to talk to their children about the dangers of using the internet and the consequences that could come with online bullying. When I was researching and found a website that had multiple different conversation starters that parents could use to talk with their children about the multiple different topics that are included in cyber citizenship. In another article that I read, a young girl petitioned and fought for a course at her school in Texas that involved everything there is to know about being apart of the online world. In the article it states that 95% of teenagers that range from 12 to 17 years of age are online approximately 10 hours a day at a time. Teachers have said that this should be taught because they should know about and how to use social safety.  

Cyber crime is a large portion of crime in the United States and there are three different ways to use a computer illegally. The computer could be used as a target to try to hurt other online webbers, and it can be used as a weapon by doing illegal gambling or trying to commit internet fraud. The website also states that the computer could be used as an accessory meaning someone could keep stolen or illegal files on it.  

There are many sites that are created to help the understanding of cyber citizenship that go into the specifics of what it really is to help even the people who don’t fully understand the internet in general. Cyber citizenship should be taught in all schools because it would help create a safe environment for children to be and to help then understand what the right and the wrongs are. A good website is because it has the courses already mapped out and has different games to help each grade learn about the topic. I think it would be great to have that in schools because it’s fun and entertaining yet still teaches the students at the same time. There are also tests at the end and the website automatically grades the tests and quizzes for the teacher, and the teacher can also request the test scores.

I encourage every parent to sit and down talk with their child about the cyber citizenship. If children learn at a young age then they will continue to use the internet in a respectful way and then pass on their knowledge to other friends and family. If the Cyber Citizenship course is added to the regular curriculum in elementary schools then everyone can help improve the overall use of the internet and to create a fun save place for every online webber. Also, if this program is involved in schools then it will give the students a fun game to do while also learning. A lot of kids don't focus much or learn so this would be a great way to get them to do exactly that. Digital citizenship is needed because people need to learn the rights and the wrongs of technology. They also need to learn the consequences that come with doing illegal or mean things to people online. The consequences can range back and forth. If someone commits something illegal then they could end up in prison and if a child cyber bullies they could get in a lot of trouble with their parents and school. If good citizenship is taught while kids are young then they can help prevent the future cyber crimes that may occur.

Bullying: Things to know

By Sam

The international problem that is increasing tremendously daily throughout our nation is the act of bullying. To be a bully means to use superior strength or influences to intimidate someone, typically to force him or her into doing something you the bully wants. Bullying is a huge problem and is spreading rapidly throughout the United States. In 2014 49% of children ranging from 4th grade to 12th grade reported that they had been bullied within the past month. However, 30% of children ranging from 4th to 12th grade reported that they have bullied others within the previous month.(“Facts About Bullying”) Social media also play an immense part in bullying, being that 43% of teens have been bullied online and 1 in 4 have been bullied on more than one occasion.
Children are bullied every single day and many times we are sometimes blinded by the fact and see past it. This point of issue needs to stop, we need to become more aware of the situations in order to put an end to bullying forever.

One way that bullying is seen in action is at school, 77% if school children have reported that they have been bullied. To add on to the horrific feeling of being bullied, what do you think it would be like if you tried to get help and tell somebody and they just kinda brushed it off their shoulders and do nothing so the situation gets worse? A very unfortunate  and sad thing is that 85% of reported bullying cases do not get solved, and the teachers do nothing about it at all.Because of the sky high numbers of bullying victims just keep increasing, recently school across the United States have created school groups to reinsure that children and teens know that they are not “worthless, ugly, fat.” and that they are strong,independent, and will make it through it. Schools also have counselors available for children to talk to and report bullying to. However, school isn’t the end of it for many of the children it continues even when they get home.

The most popular form of bullying is called “cyber bullying” a form of bullying through social media. I believe that this is the most used way of bullying because it’s behind a screen and a lot easy for most people to say stuff through a computer screen than to somebody's face. But I don’t think that many bullies get that something you put on the internet is their forever, so many bullies will post a ugly picture of some kid doing something “funny” and just mean to leave it on for a couple minutes or so but don”t understand that the picture will never really be deleted. Cyber bullying is actually illegal and the victims are able to press charges against the bully or, the bullies family. A poll was taken and about half of young teens had reported as being cyber bullied and 20% of the teens are cyber bullied on a day to day basis. 72% of the victims have been bullied because of their looks, 26% are being chosen to be bullied because of their race and religions.

There are millions of solutions to help prevent bullying and yet it is still such a extremely huge problem in today's world. One way to help prevent bullying is to tell someone, although you may believe that telling someone will not change anything  at all and if anything will make it worse or if you have told someone such as your teacher and nothing has changed, tell you mom, a counselor, a sports coach, tell anyone and the number one thing not to do is keep it all in. it is most important to let it out. Another solution is if you see someone being bullied go up to them and just be there friend and insure them that it will be okay. Bullies often bully because they think that it makes them “Cool” and  they do it for attention, if you stand up against the bully and are on the victims side it could show the bully that they are hurting others. The absolute number one rule is to not ignore it, ignoring it is almost as bad as being the bully yourself. If you see someone getting bullied do something about it.

Bullying is a worldwide problem and is sadly only increasing. We need to be the generation to end this horrible act that is so popular in our everyday lives.  The two main forms of bullying are verbal which usually occurs at school and cyber bullying which occurs online. The numbers of bullying victims are too high and we need to start decreasing them. If you see someone being bullied make sure you either one tell someone or two go talk to them. The problem will never be solved unless we take it upon ourselves to put an end to bullying.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Most vulnerable populations most likely to be cyberbullied

By Bekah

Women and young teens are more likely to get attacked and bullied online for several of reasons. First of all, women tend to sexually put themselves on social media. They are also very hungry for drama and are usually on more social media sites than men are. Although, I can’t completely put all the blame on men for being a predator, because women are just as much a threat to one another.  

Being a high school student and being on all the social media accounts I see how brutally mean some girls can be to other girls, even if they don't even post about them. They do this so they can look “petty” or so they seem cool to other people, however from my perspective it isn't cool at all. The constant question we are always asking is after years, and years of protesting for women’s rights, why tear each other down and bully one another? It's so crazy to me how girls forget that we were once so disrespected, why would we even want to put ourselves in this position again, it's starting a new rise of sexism.

Sexism had a huge part in American Society until 1920 when the 19th amendment passed and women had political rights. However this wasn't the end of sexism. Men still did and do feel like they hold a higher power over women. This causes them to think it's okay to say or post whatever they feel because we are somehow beneath them. We are now seeing a new rise of sexism evolving due to the new election and is going to cause so many new problems with cyber bullying and normal bullying.

This also shows that just because a female decided to post a semi revealing picture of themselves, it doesn’t give anyone the right to bully them on that social media account. Many comments or harassment usually come from an anonymous troll. I think that because they don’t show their identity they feel like they they have the right to say whatever they like. Then they also feel like they can get away with more things when nobody knows who they are.

Trolls don’t just cyberbully women, but they can also sexually harass people very easily because nobody knows who they are. Many people think “freedom of speech” gives them the ability to speak and say as they choose. That is not true, they have the right as long as they don’t infringe on the rights of others. Women are easily targeted because they also like attention, when it becomes more hurtful, they get more offended. That is when they realize, “posting that picture was probably a bad idea.”

Trust is a huge factor in young adult and teenage cyber bullying. You think you can trust some friends with something you say, or you approach a friend online and have a sexual conversation, trusting that they won’t say anything. This is how drama starts along with 15% of harassment towards females, according to the Pew Research Center. The text message starts with two people and from there the other person shares it, and the message gets passed around from people to people. Mainly in girl cliques does this happen because girls, like to talk to each other and judge how a conversation went, or what people look like in a picture.
In this generation, we are having to become more accepting to the new things that are  happening. Coming out of the closet is almost like a normal thing now, but 10 years ago it would have been crazy and not normal whatsoever. Some people aren't used to that and that's why they start trolling, they want it to go back to how it was before. Trolling may be there way of trying to change people and put them down so they won't want to express themselves. What trollers don't know is that what they say and do causes a lot of hate in this society. If women would not only stand up for themselves but also spread a word when they feel attacked, I think the percentage of women getting cyberbullied would decrease and much more people would be happier.

Dear Body Shamer,

Dear Body Shamer,

Do you know what you're really doing? Do you know why you're doing it? Do you know how much this is affecting your victim? Do you know in what ways this is affecting your victim? Do you even know how this could affect you?

Cyberbullying can be from real people's accounts or fake anonymous accounts. Just a simple joke made on the internet towards someone can be taken as cyber ullying. When it comes to the internet, you no longer have emotion when you speak. People are unable to see your body language or hear the tone in your voice; which makes it that much easier for things to hurt people. Sometimes, the mean, harsh things that are said are meant, and that's the case most of the time. People like to feel powerful and strong, and some even think they actually look cool. Is that what you're doing? Watching others suffer to make yourself feel better? Do you actually think you look cool and fun to be around when you're putting others down?

It's not funny to be mean and bring others pain. Watching others shouldn't bring you joy either. I promise you that the majority of people who see you bullying someone think you’re horrible and heartless; they are just the last ones to speak up. Nobody wants to speak up for the one being beat down, but some will instead bandwagon and hop in on hurting his person. People love to gang up on someone for reasons they might not even be sure of, but it looks fun. Is that why you do it? Because you're bored and want to join in on bashing someone and ruining their self esteem? Because you have nothing better to do than hurt others? Because you really hate someone so much that you have to devote your time and energy into pulling this human being down until they believed that they were truly worthless?

Oh, you mean you didn't mean for them to feel like that? You really thought that calling someone ugly and pointing out their flaws while you posted personal information about them wouldn't affect them? You need to think for a moment, something in life that broke your heart. It could be a dead animal, family member, or even a past relationship. Imagine someone exposing everything about it on social media and making it feel meaningless. Now, think of the things you hate most about yourself, all of your worst insecurities. What if an anonymous account attacked you and all of your issues that stop you from loving yourself? Can you imagine the pain and sadness you would feel? Well that's exactly how you're affecting those who you bully.

When you drive people to feel this low and this worthless, so much more goes through their mind then you would think. Many people have a hard time shrugging things like this off. I’ve seen people affected firsthand, and it's broken my heart more than once. My best friend in 7th grade hated herself so much because of others’ judgments that she started cutting herself. We were just 12 year old little girls. The other kids thought it was funny to joke about the way she looked but didn't see how much they were hurting her. I was forced to grow away from her and to this day, she has never been the same bubbly, life loving, happy girl I knew. Sadly, that wasn't my only friend who was bullied to such a far point. My best friend now has been on independent study since her sophomore year of high school because of being bullied. It's her senior year, and she barely wants to attend any school functions because she can't bear to be judged anymore. Three years later and this poor girl still has no idea what she did for her whole school to hate her, for mean girls to try and jump her, or why it became a “trend” to post about her and all the things they saw as wrong or ugly. Many people have come forward and apologized admitting they had no real reason to treat her the way they did, and so why is it that they did? They drove her to tears so many times and I was always there for her, holding her, and reminding her what a beautiful person she was. Nothing is worse than holding someone you love who's heartbroken and you have no power to change what happened.

These girls are not the only ones. Did you know that 3 million kids a month stay home from school because of bullying? Or that 1 in 10 kids who are cyberbullied try to commit suicide? I bet you didn't know that suicide because of bullying is the number 3 killer of teens. This is how it's affecting your victims. You bully a person in an already unstable state and they commit suicide or even try, you can mark yourself as a killer. You don't know what people are already going through so why would you try to make life worse for anyone in anyway?

You're only okay with doing what you're doing because you believe there is no consequences. You feel powerful and untouchable, but that's not really the case. In California, you can face up to 1 year in jail or a $1,000 fine for online harassment or for giving out personal information about someone else with the intent to cause harm. Deciding to cyberbully someone is a decision that may seem small to you, but only until you get caught. Would you be okay if everyone around watched you get convicted for cyberbullying and heard your victim testify against you, with tears running down their face? Would you be able to live with yourself if someone took their own life because you made them feel like they were worthless?


Someone who cares

Wayback means you can't take it back

By Zane

Young kids nowadays need to learn that once you put something on social media you can’t take it back. Now I know almost all young kids just want to have fun and don’t really think or care about  what they’re putting on social media. When I asked multiple people, “Do you know what the Wayback Machine is?” I kept getting the same answer, “No, what is that?”

So, I thought, well, it would probably be a good idea to let the younger generation know. The technical definition for the Wayback Machine is, “The Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the World Wide Web and other information on the Internet created by the Internet Archive, a nonprofit organization, based in San Francisco, California, United States.”

So this just means that every time you post something on the your social media, the archive has bots to take screenshots and store all of the new information. It was created in 2001 and was the size of a couple Coke machines. Now, it stores over 9 petabytes and is growing by 20 terabytes of data every week. A terabyte of data is the size of 1000 Gigabytes. It takes 1000 terabytes of data to make 1 petabyte of data.

Knowing about the Wayback can affect you in many ways. If you’re trying to get a job later in life, you’re not going to want to be putting anything you don’t want your employer to be seeing. If you post it, they can still see it and it could very well affect you. Having the knowledge about it can help you and anyone you tell about it, because the more people that know about it the less likely of people putting illegal things on their social media.

It would be a much better thing if everyone knew about the Wayback Machine. If all parents knew about the Wayback Machine, it would make their kids think twice before posting illegal things or bullying someone online. It is also better for law enforcement to be able to look back on things and come to a conclusion in bullying situations.

Trolling "trolling"

By Tyler

The word “troll’ has taken an all new meaning in the last few years as the persona for anyone meaning to be hurtful or bothersome on the internet.Things trolls do usually are harmless acts, like saying hurtful things to a certain person, trying to get a negative reaction out of them.But in some extreme occurrences,the troll will go as far as spreading personal information about someone,such as addresses and telephone numbers to the public.Some cases have even ended in both homicides and suicides.If some trolls can gain access to our most personal information,be the source of suicides involving cyberbullying and can be considered dangerous in certain cases,then shouldn't it have a more fitting name?If actions such as these occur in real life receive punishment,shouldn't actions online receive the same ones?

When the word “trolls”is heard or seen,the brain conjures up images of hideous monsters lurking under bridges,not people looking at a computer monitor out to harass others.This name can make them look like a joke and not a serious problem or threat.The word “troll’ originated in Norway and Denmark's mythology to describe giant cave-dwelling beasts.So how did it become synonymous with internet trolling? The internet version of this word comes from internet chatrooms to describe annoying members during the late 1980s. During this time the word only referred to annoyances rather than actual harassment. But as time went on, it eventually came to generalize all forms of internet harassment.This means that calling someone a hurtful name and legitimate death threats fall into the same category.

I want to change this by having different internet troll actions into different categories. As well as different levels of punishment. Because of how easy it is to become anonymous on the internet, punishment for illegal actions is difficult for law departments. But for those caught, I believe actions should be taken against these individuals. I believe the harshness of the act determines the harshness of the punishment. For example, I think trolls who do nothing more than call someone a hurtful name or spread a nasty rumor deserve nothing more than a slap on the wrist. While trolls who do more extreme actions like sending death threats or repeated hurtful harassments deserve to pay fines or even face jail time. If actions like these in person receive punishments, I believe actions on the internet deserve the same.

I believe the word “Trolls” should be changed regardless of what the action is, as I believe it does not make as important enough impact as it can and should. Trolls can cause long lasting psychological damage to the victim and they should be treated as criminals rather than a nuisance.

Report cyberbullying!

By Holden

Many Americans around the world are abused and cyberbullied every day. About 28 percent of students between 12-18 are bullied at school. Most of my information I aimed for kids between 10-15 years of age. There are many innocent kids taking their life because one person who decides to ruin their life and bully them. This needs to come to a stop. There are many websites, buildings, and overall help to cure being bullied. It takes a strong, healthy dedicated person to overcome being cyberbullied.

The main reason I believe that  bullies are out there because of social media. These apps are a escape route for bullies to abuse one another instead of saying it to their face. Also it's so easy for a bully to log on to social media and troll someone because of the easy access. Also, in my opinion, kids under 10 years of age should not be allowed on social media apps. Apps such as Yik-Yak, Afterschool, Whisper, are the main apps trolls cyber bully  go on and get away with it because most of the kids on these apps are around 10-15 years of age. Therefore, adults and other older people are not on these apps to see what's is really going on.

If you decide to let your kids have any social media apps you should check their social media for them, protection making sure there is no bullying going on online. A few clues are to ask them where they're going, what they're doing, and who they are doing it with. Also ask for their password, and tell them you'll only use in case of an emergency. Finally encourage your kids to tell you if they know anyone being cyberbullied. These simple key facts can keep your children safe, and still have the ability to use social media.

I believe cyber bullying is a crime. There are many laws out there that should be enforced more. And I believe that cyberbullying should be the main one. Not enough law enforcement detectives break down on this situation and take control. There are people losing their lives over this horrible situation. “Too many women have had their lives upended by the threats and harassment they have received online, and they often feel they have nowhere to turn for help,”says Clark.
I also believe in the report button on social media. If you allow your kids to be on social media make sure you teach them to use the report button. This simple button can be the difference between life and death. Although there are times where this button can potentially do nothing. But if you hit this button you have done your part by showing and caring about one another's life. “Even if you block someone, you can still be mentioned in caption and comments with your username.”  

Being on social media as a younger generation, leaves me as an example to set with younger kids coming into social media. I can help by putting my positive feed to younger kids on Twitter and other assessable apps. If I was a younger kid going into social media I would want help and positive feed for someone to give me advice and experience on social media.

In short, don't be little jerks. In life, kids like to talk big over social media to one another, but when coming into person they try to act buddy buddy with the guy who they had beef with.