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.