How many of us have read something that made us feel badly about ourselves — whether it was a text, a not-so-nice email, or a rude comment on social media? Imagine that happening every single second, and it being posted publicly, for millions to see.
On last night’s Dancing With The Stars, we saw Charlotte McKinney run out of rehearsal in tears after she read some of the hurtful comments about her on social media. My heart went out to her because I know this feeling all too well. What a brave and awesome move it was for Charlotte to put that behind her and get back out there, right? Online bullying happens every day to everyday girls. Whether ten million people, ten people or just one person (you) reads it, it doesn’t matter. It all hurts the same. Tom Bergeron said last night that it doesn’t take any courage to sit behind the screen and say hurtful things. I absolutely agree! It takes courage to do as Charlotte did and keep on dancing, doing your thing.
If you’re being bullied or have been bullied online, don’t let that noise stop you from being you. Hold your head high and focus on what makes you happy! You have a whole army of friends out there whether you’ve met them or not (Hi! Over here! Yup, that’s me!) who are behind you and think that you’re wonderful. And a special note for the bullies out there: #KINDISTHENEWCOOL (just so you know).