Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Lee Hirsch's documentary "Bully", Hirsch expresses that "bullying" is a growing problem that is getting worse, due to an increase in suicide in children. Lee Hirsch explains "bullying" from the victims from point of view with constant torment and being forced to change school, not being allowed to go in school, and being scared to stay at school. Hirsch identifies problems at home and at home and school that leaves the victims with little choice. A boy in Hirsch's documentary would rather get beat up and chocked then tell someone what happened because he felt if he told and the school did nothing it would just get worse. A clear message in "Bully" is that a lot is being done to try and prevent bullying, but the fear is more and more kids will continue to commit suicide.

In the Documentary "Bully" by Lee Hirsch, it was a very good point that society does not accept those who are different, and not enough is being done to change this. This is a example of how cruel teenagers can be, its sad to think that children feel then have no choice, but to turn to taking there own life.  According to Bully Statistics 10 percent of all children are bullied regularly. Technology makes bullying inescapable from an even larger issue of cyber-bullying, because of cyber-bullying the problem is no longer just at school it makes children scared to log on to there Facebook. With suicide becoming the 3rd leading cause of death in young people its thought that someone or something would take responsibility, and make change. That is the opposite of whats going on. The schools claim that its the parents fault, and there school does not have a problem. Parents claim that they had no idea it was so bad and usually the bully denies what they were doing. With 4,400 deaths due to suicide every year the only one who has to suffer is the child and their friend and family. It is rare that even civil cases are filed against the bully for there causing pain and suffering. After a suicide the person who is to blame is the one who committed suicide, but this is wrong. It needs to become very clear that the bullies are taking kids life, the bully need to live with doing such horrible things to someone that they would rather never spend another day on earth then be around them. This is a scary problem the society has created and a change needs to be made before it gets worse.

Friday, September 6, 2013


   "What's Wrong With the Teenage Mind"  by Dr. Allison Gopnik, identifies that the teenage mind is maturing later, and getting worse. Problems such as how teenagers are strictly focused on reward, and completely dismiss the risk involved in every situation. A vital point brought up shows that even though a teenager can express why drinking and driving is danger, it hardly stops a teen from doing it and winding up in a car accident. Dr. Gopnik also brings up that with previous generations these problems were and as bad and believes the lack responsibility, and a increase of parental reliance teenagers are maturing at a later age. Dr. Gopknik says that this will continue to get wore without change.

   Dr. Gopnik's claims in the article "What's Wrong With the Teenage Mind" were completely out of line because the teenage mind is just evolving with the world around it. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention 112 million adults drove under the influence in 2010, proof that teens may be where the focus is, but adults are making the bad decisions. Dr. Gopnik's example that teenagers drive recklessly when others are in the car as said by Laurence Steinberg in study held at Temple University should be dismissed considering MRI equipment was in the car that could have been the distraction in the vehicle, not the other teen. Another claim made talked about how the average age of a internship is 27 compared to the previous are of 7 is unreasonable for the simple fact that the jobs that were once for teens are now held by adults. A example is the paper delivery boy, a misleading term considering the MAN who delivers the paper on my street is 35. How is a teen supposed to get a job or internship when more qualified adults are taking the few jobs teens can legally have. Dr. Gopnik says that since the first industrial revolution, "children are taking on adult roles later, and later." In the industrial revolution children were exploited, and payed pennies on the dollar for jobs that they were liked to be killed doing. This is unreasonable for anyone to do let alone a child or even a teen. We live in a changing world where everyone is created equal and children have rights, children being allowed to enjoy their childhood is part of it. Although Dr. Gopnik does not like it, the world is changing in a positive way, and so is the teenage mind.