11-year-old Logan Fairbanks makes YouTube videos with his dad Josh. In this particular video he is reading some of the comments left by Internet trolls and bullies. It’s sad watching him read the words “..he’s fat”, “he looks like such a stupid fatso”, “his dad scared the gay right out him.”
There’s something about anonymity and the Internet that causes some people to completely forget that they’re dealing with real people, who have real feelings and emotions.
The way Logan handled the situation is commendable. He could have shied away from the camera and let those words chisel away at his self-esteem. But instead he chose to address those bullies, and let them know that what they did wasn’t right. What a brave young man!
The video has gotten well over 600,000 views. Even the White House got wind of it, and they’ve extended an invitation for Logan and his dad. They are beyond excited for their upcoming visit.
They are also starting a foundation called “Take the power.” It’s purpose is to empower victims of bullying and give them a chance to take the power away from the bully. Logan says, “We want to give people a chance to take ownership of those nasty words. Once you take them away from the bully, they don’t have the power anymore.”
What an excellent way to turn something negative into something positive. Good for you Logan and good luck in your endeavors!
What do you think about the way Logan handled this situation?