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Cyberbully – Emily Osment refined!

August 16, 2012

Every second millions of things are being posted online; whether it’s Facebook or Twitter, it’s happening globally, but we forget the power the Internet has and how it is influencing generations of young adults and children. Whilst bored and procrastinating, I came across a film uploaded onto YouTube that caught my attention. Cyberbully is an abc original movie that focuses on the power of cyberbullying and it’s effects on our youth.

Emily Osmentplays Taylor, the primary victim of the bullying. Initially, it appears her two best friends are always there for her, and when people post insignificant, nasty comments online, they just joke about it and ignore it. Taylor then receives a laptop for her birthday and as a result she becomes intimate with young boys online, things take a turn for the worst and Taylor feels the full force of cyberbullying.

The scripting and direction is natural and gives the film an honest approach to such a delicate issue. The actual plot is nothing to ignore either. Despite only being a TV movie premiered back in 2011, it still has an array of twists and turns that give this film the emotional impact it desires and so brilliantly achieves.

Emily Osment’s performance is certainly not one to simply brush over.  Branching out from her days starring alongside Miley Cyrus in the Disney series, Hannah Montana, Osment proves her worth as an actress and gives a vulnerable performance that has a world of impact to the story and film. Her basic approach to the role makes it easy to connect with her character and really feel for the real people out there who are on the receiving end of bullying on and offline.

With a soundtrack that compliments the hurt that this film explores, it is both emotive and thought provoking. It touches on the concept of how much easier it is to speak your mind online as nothing feels quite as real; how easy it is to hurt people as there is not the same level of personal fear as when bullying someone face to face.

This film is suited for a variety of ages but mostly appropriate for the teenage children of paranoid parents, who are clueless as to what their kids get up to online. Despite having a slightly corny but rather happy ending, this film still manages to portray a message of warning to naïve parents out there who may think that the Internet is just harmful fun.

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