iJustine’s Justine Ezarik Chats About Combatting Bullying [VIDEO]

May 5, 2016

1:45 pm

Justine Ezarik is more than an entrepreneur – she’s speaking out about the dangers of bullying and an unkind culture.

Back at SXSW 2015, Justine sat down with the Tech.Co team to talk about the importance of content creation and the impact that technology had in her life growing up. Though she was excited to discuss the impact content creation and video platforms like YouTube have on her career, the interview took an interesting turn as she shifted the focus towards the impact that bullying and kindness have on our interactions with each other.

Speaking specifically about the harm that cyberbullying causes, Justine says:

“The unfortunate reality is that people can ever stop any of this negativity but I think it’s the responsibility of people who have to realize that the things you’re posting, you’re talking to real people. And it also helps to sometimes think that this person writing this terrible thing… they might be going through something. So it’s kind of understanding both aspects of where these conversations are starting. And just realizing that this negativity, it’s not helping, it’s just hurting.”

Even though technology and social media have made it easier to make connections and have access to all different kinds of people online, it has also made the disconnect of human interaction that much more apparent. Kindness and understanding, as Justine says, are key to bridging those gaps and reinforcing connection between different groups and individuals.

You can check out iJustine’s full interview above, as well as find her online.

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Cameron is a tech and culture journalist, comic book enthusiast, and lives near New York City. A graduate of Stockton University, she's using her words to shift the world of online journalism, one byline at a time. When she's not writing, she can be found reading sci-fi novels, collecting succulents, and planning her next obnoxious hair color. Cameron is an editorial fellow at Tech.Co. Send your tips to cameron@tech.co or tweet @BlkGirlManifest.

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