Demi Lovato checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@demilovato) on Wednesday (November 12), discussing bullying and online cruelty. The ‘Camp Rock’ star tells readers:
I’ve been talking to a few fans lately and I’ve been fortunate enough to maintain a friendship with them over MySpace or emails and even though our lives are completely different, we still have one thing in common; having trouble dealing with the cruelty of others. Or some people call it bullying. I’ve dealt with it before until I made the decision to home school but sometimes it seems as if it doesn’t just end in high-school. Sometimes I get online and read blogs (which I probably shouldn’t if I can’t handle it) and read the horrible things that people say in comments… and it can really take a toll on you. Verbal abuse can be just as harmful as physical abuse. The fans that I have stayed in touch tell me all the time that they’re either being harassed online or being beaten at school and it hurts me to hear that. I took the easy road out and decided to home school but unfortunately not everyone has that option. So as a message to everyone.. Please keep in mind when you’re about to threaten someone, make fun of them or leave blog comments about them…. that what you say or do to others can truly affect someone. And as cheesy and lame as it may sound.. Never forget the golden rule.
And by the way. I wanted to say how thankful I am for you all.
I’m so honored to be in the position that I’m in.
You all have saved me.