Kids Reading Mean Tweets About Themselves Prove Bullying Is No Joke (Video)

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To teach students about the evils of cyberbullying, The Canadian Safe School Network created a real-life version of Jimmy Kimmel's “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” segment, substituting real teenagers for celebrities.

In the video, students are asked to read mean tweets about themselves.

At first, the insults are fairly lighthearted, and an off-screen audience laughs along with the teenager reading the tweet.

As the segment progresses, however, the insults get decidedly harsher, the laughter stops and the victims appear genuinely hurt by the bully's remarks.

By documenting the victims' pained reactions, the campaign reveals how harmful bullying can be, and even though we're more inclined to laugh when celebrities are being victimized, this video proves insulting others isn't funny -- or cool.

See the powerful video, up top, and learn more about the campaign here.

Citations: Kids Read Mean Tweets And It Was Super Upsetting (Buzzfeed)