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Addressing Cyberbullying Through Film: Project: Bullyish | Lillee Jeanne

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In today's digital age, cyberbullying has become a widespread issue affecting individuals of all ages. Young old, it's noticeable. We as a people have a problem: people have created an odd and accepting culture of stalking, and online harassment.

As technology continues to advance, so do the methods through which individuals can harm others online. Fake accounts, online betting, paying for articles, sending threats, and paying for videos - there are endless mediums to hurt someone. There is however one powerful medium that has emerged as a tool for addressing and raising awareness about cyberbullying: Film.

Personal Story: A Journey of Resilience: Lillee Jean

For me, it's like this. I live July 4, 2019, December 2017, on so on, on repeat, and just hear the relentless taunts and threats that follow. It wasn't just online, physically in person horror happened to my family and I, as well.

I was just a teenager at the time, at 15 1/2, who found myself targeted by anonymous bullies on social media. Despite the pain and fear I experienced, I decided to turn my story into a film, called Project: Bullyish showcasing the impact of cyberbullying on mental health and well-being.

Through my film, I hope to not only shed light on the dark side of the internet but, also empower others to speak up and seek help from the Police, and their local government! You have options, you just need to be persistent in utilizing them.

The Power of Visual Storytelling

Films indeed have a unique ability to evoke emotions, spark conversations, and create lasting impact on viewers. When it comes to addressing sensitive topics like cyberbullying, the visual arena allows viewers to connect on a deeper level with the experiences of the victims, and, perpetrators.

Seen in the trailers for Project: Bullyish are real instances and emotional struggles. From filing police reports, to, a glitter bomb being sent through the mail, with my name on it as sender, it is conveyed deeply the devastating effects of cyberbullying and the urgency of taking action against it.

A graphic nature is seen in the film as well with the bloody death threats shown, mildly censored. It is my vision that shock is the only way to portray what happened to my family and I. - Lillee Jean

Empowering the Next Gen

As we navigate the complexities of the digital world as a people, it is crucial to empower the next generation to combat cyberbullying and online stalking.

Films addressing this issue not only educate young audiences by shock, about the importance of digital empathy and respect but, also encourage them to use their voices for positive change.

People need to know the tools are out there to foster a culture of kindness and inclusivity in the online area.

A Call to Action

By harnessing the emotive power of visual storytelling in Bullyish, we can raise awareness, inspire action, and create a more compassionate online. This isn't about calling someone a name, this is about organized crime, Ponzi schemes that occur online, and stalking to the level of insanity.

It's vital to continue to support filmmakers who are dedicated to addressing cyberbullying through their art and to stand united against digital harassment.



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