Online bullying is a problem for many of us who use the internet, but it's an especially pressing issue for young people. It's a subject pop star Kesha understands well, having been bullied herself and working as an anti-bullying advocate. Here at SXSW Interactive, the musician sat down for a talk about reclaiming the internet, where she delved into her own issues with social networks (and also, unrelatedly, her love of animals).
During a conversation with Refinery29 chief content officer Amy Emmerich, Emmerich asked Kesha what advice she had for 13-year-olds about to sign up for Instagram. She said that for her, it was imperative to stop reading the comments.
"I use the internet to connect to my fans. But aside from that, it's not healthy place for me," Kesha told a packed auditorium. "I kind of limit myself in terms of reading the comments because there can be a million positive ones, but I always gravitate to the one negative one. So I stopped reading comments. I don't know if that helps everyone. Make sure you're not hurting yourself with it."
Kesha also talked about the difference between when she was bullied as a kid and could go home and escape by writing music and how children today get harassed at school, then go home only to get tormented online.
While the focus was on taking back the internet, Kesha also touched on some lighter notes of online life, more specifically her love of animals and her dream of a "magical future." Ending on a high note, Kesha told the audience, "Secretly, my goal is to live on an island full of cats." That's our dream too. No comments can convince us otherwise.
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