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Published September 19th 2012
The film all teens & parents need to see
Cyberbully, directed by Charles Binamé, is a new ABC Family original made for television movie, which may be a little cheesy at times but should still be seen by everyone, especially those of high school age and their parents, as it is are great first step towards talking to your kids about the real dangers that exist online.
ABC Family worked closely with Seventeen magazine to make this must see film, in the hope that it will help to "delete digital drama" and also includes a great soundtrack, of which all of the artists are 100% against cyber bullying.
The film follows the story of Taylor, an ordinary teenage girl, who falls victim to online bullying and the cost of all the drama builds up so much on the poor girl, that it begins to take its toll not only on Taylor, but her friends and family as well.
Taylor is an attractive seventeen-year-old student, dealing with her parents recent divorce and the fact that she isn't in the most popular group at school, when she gets her own laptop. Taylor is soon persuaded into joining the latest online community, which is "bigger than Facebook" and soon finds herself the victim of betrayal and bullying and finds herself becoming so obsessed with the cruel posts, that she begins to lose her friends and stop communicating with her family about her heavy burdens.
Cyberbully is an extremely realistic and confronting film, which makes its viewers really being to stop and think about how their own actions may be making others feel, that things that are said online are just the same as saying those things in the real world and sends the message home that standing by and doing nothing is just as bad as being the bully.
Cyberbully is not rated, but would be more suited to teens age 13 and up.