The month of March has two big events that college kids live for each year, spring break and March Madness. Spring break is the season when many college students start to head down south to nicer weather or to an island to escape from the stress, anxiety and responsibility of school.
In a previous blog, I talked about the GoFundMe website. Unfortunately, people are starting to post requests that are absurd and take away from the true purpose of the website. My GoFundMe blog mentioned Kanye West’s $53M debt. People actually donated to help him get out his debt crisis. Now students have caught on and are going to great lengths to solicit generous people to donate their spring break experience.
On February 5th, Braxton Lee Johnson and many others have started a GoFundMe page for people to donate to their desires to participate in a spring break experience. Unfortunately, for Braxton Lee, it didn’t work out for him. Shouldn’t GoFundMe have limitations and regulations on what you are trying to raise money for?
No, how about you do this.
There are those causes out there that are in serious need of financial help. For example, many people have illnesses that they cannot afford to have done to make them healthy again. Why not donate to them so they can work on living a healthy and happy life? And to not drown in medical bills. No one wants to spend their time sick or in a hospital. I know I don’t. The site shouldn’t be used for people to who are looking to cross off “bucket list” items at someone else’s expense.
What happened to people working hard for their money and making it their own way? Today, too many people rely on others to pay for things they want instead of going out and making the money themselves.
What do you think of when you hear Lady Gaga?
Me, I think a strange character, but bold and inspiring.
She uses her fame to stands up for what she believes and isn’t afraid to be unique and different from others. She puts motivation in everything she does. Now she is doing it for a group of people that you always hear about but never seem to get the help until it’s too late. These are the victims of cyber bully’s.
Lady Gaga’s foundation,“Born This Way,” is working with Intel, Vox, and Re/code to #hackharassment. According to the Pew Research Center, about 40% of people experience cyberbullying or some type of harassment but only about 5% report it to the police. Online bullying doesn’t start and stop with a specific age group. It can happen across all age groups. However, the most impacted are between the ages of 18 to 29. With those alarming percentages, Lady Gaga has brought these businesses together to work on providing a positive change in social media and other technologies.
They begin this journey by hosting a hack-a-thon. Programmers from around the world will come together to put a stop to the online abuse. Their products will be shown at the Code Conference from May 31st through June 2nd, in California.
Online bullying has always been an issue and has been pushed under the rug for far too long. According to Hack Harassment, about 29% of people that are harassed fear for their lives. Why not report these things? Why live in fear?
Cyberbullying is no joke and can cause people to take drastic measures including giving up on life. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich issued a statement saying, “We need to remember that behind every device, game, sensor or network is a real person with real feelings and real needs for safety,” according to Billboard.
Just like the old saying “treat people the way you want to be treated.” Check out #hackharassment and start your own movement to stand up and end this issue.