Infographic – Summary and Quotes
Cyberbullying is one of the most pressing issues of our time. In this TED Talk, “The Price of Shame,” Monica Lewinsky speaks out as the first very public victim of cyberbullying. The speech is so effective at raising awareness that I’ve created this Infographic of Monica Lewinsky’s top 10 quotes on cyberbullying. If you have been affected at all by cyberbullying, please stop by our new Bullying Wall and leave an anonymous post to let others know they’re not alone.
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Monica Lewinsky – Top 10 Cyberbullying Quotes
- 1. “…overnight I went from being a completely private figure to a publicly humiliated one worldwide.”
- 2. “I lost my reputation and my dignity. I lost almost everything, and I almost lost my life. The public humiliation was excruciating. Life was almost unbearable.”
- 3. “Shame cannot survive empathy. I’ve seen some very dark days in my life, and it was the compassion and empathy from my family, friends, professionals, and sometimes even strangers that saved me. Even empathy from one person can make a difference.”
- 4. “Anyone who is suffering from shame and public humiliation needs to know one thing: You can survive it. I know it’s hard. It may not be painless, quick or easy, but you can insist on a different ending to your story.”
- 5. “The echo of embarrassment used to extend only as far as your family, village, school or community, but now it’s the online community too. Millions of people, often anonymously, can stab you with their words, and that’s a lot of pain, and there are no perimeters around how many people can publicly observe you and put you in a public stockade.”
- 6. “I was seen by many but actually known by few. And I get it: it was easy to forget that that woman was dimensional, had a soul, and was once unbroken.”
- 7. “From 2012 to 2013, there was an 87 percent increase in calls and emails related to cyberbullying. A meta-analysis done out of the Netherlands showed that for the first time, cyberbullying was leading to suicidal ideations more significantly than offline bullying.”
- 8. “Every day online, people, especially young people who are not developmentally equipped to handle this, are so abused and humiliated that they can’t imagine living to the next day, and some, tragically, don’t, and there’s nothing virtual about that.”
- 9. “And you know what shocked me, although it shouldn’t have, was other research last year that determined humiliation was a more intensely felt emotion than either happiness or even anger.”
- 10. “We need to communicate online with compassion, consume news with compassion, and click with compassion. Just imagine walking a mile in someone else’s headline.”
source: TED Talk, “The Price of Shame,” by Monica Lewinsky. Vancouver, B.C., Canada, March 2015
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