#TrumpIsACarrot?

Photo: Gage Skidmore

Photo: Gage Skidmore

Do you think it’s OK to say bad things about Donald Trump? Perhaps you have been engaged on social media the past week and said a few mean comments about Trump yourself?

Since the election, I have witnessed far too many people in my own social media feeds writing mean posts about the new President of the United States, Mr. Donald Trump. Understandably, Momio is no exception.

Amongst all the other hate posts, the hashtag #TrumpIsACarrot was trending on Momio. We chose to allow it – because who are we to deny this way of speaking when it’s allowed everywhere else and it’s what the kids hear on TV, school and even at home?

Nevertheless, it does not mean it is right.

Due to his controversial comments, people are criticizing Trump for being a bully. But the man people are calling a bully is now being bullied by the whole world. What this means is that every time someone say an awful thing about him, they are actually contributing to the culture of bullying themselves. Quite ironic, right?

This is sending mixed messages about bullying to the kids.

They will copy you, your behaviour – and of course, if adults are allowed to bully Trump or anyone else, kids will do it too. They do not see the difference between this person and anyone else.

Bottom line: If we aim to stop bullying, we need consistency.

You are in no position to change the outcome of the election anymore, but what you say now will affect the children. We can not fight bullying with bullying.

Ingse
About the author:

Ingse Bergh Monsen, watAgame

Ingse is the Norwegian Community Manager, and has been a watAgamer since 2014. She has a Master’s degree in Service Management with a minor in Sustainable Business. Besides her field of education, her interests include exploring good business ethics, service management and exciting social media phenomena.

Read a Q&A with Ingse here!