When Does A Prank Cross The Line?

Many people prank or joke around with each other. A prank is a practical joke or a mischievous act.  Sports teams sometimes prank the freshman on the team, students prank the teachers, friends prank each other, couples on YouTube prank each other. Everything I just mentioned, the people who do that want attention. When does it cross the line and become bullying? Most people don’t know they are bullying people by pranks or jokes but there are some things that cross the line.  One thing is when the prank is just on one person and the person who did the prank wants to embarrass the other kid. Another thing is when it happens repeatedly. The final thing is that some pranks are dangerous. These are some things that can go over the line. 

One thing is when the prank is just on one person and the person who did the prank wants to embarrass the other kid. For example, say there was a freshman on the football team who is new to football and hasn’t ever played. Then one day after practice the upperclassmen took his clothes and ran around the field and put it on the hill and the freshman took a shower and didn’t know where his clothes were. He then starts to panic and has to walk outside to go find his clothes. He then looks around and sees that the whole cheerleading squad is there and starts laughing. The freshman quit football. This shows that when pranks are shown for embarrassment many people get upset and could even quit things. If the upperclassmen didn’t do that the freshman probably would’ve been on the team. When a prank is just on one person for embarrassment, that is bullying. 

Another thing is when it happens repeatedly. This is usually more on the joke side instead of pranks because it’s hard to have multiple pranks back to back. All friends joke around with each other and they laugh but it gets tiring after the first few times.  An example of this is, there is a girl and for some reason many people like to say something negative about her. Sometimes it’s she walks, or the way she says something, the way she runs, the way she laughs, the way she wears things, just everything. When I see this happen she  looks like she wants to cry but instead she laughs because everyone around her is. I have talked to her about how she is doing. She says, “I understand that it is a joke but after the first few times it actually starts getting to me and it hurts me.” Her saying this shows how this is bullying. When you put someone down about who they are, that is bullying. You should never feel accomplished in doing that to someone. People don’t know how things are doing in other peoples life but they still choose to say jokes that are hurtful. That isn’t right. When a joke happens repeatedly, that is bullying. 

The final thing is that some pranks are dangerous. For example, there is a Youtuber named Jake Paul, he came out with this changelle named the Bird Box challenge. This challenge is called that because it is about trying to do something blindfolded  that you would normally do while being able to see. This is because of the viral success of Netflix’s movie “Bird Box.” YouTube then banned it because it would cause serious physical danger, or cause children to experience severe emotional distress. Many people could take it way too far. This shows that even people who are famous don’t really think about the outcome of their own challenges, until someone says something about it. Especially since Jake Paul is very famous in the social media world some kids look up to him. So, then some kids and other people on the YouTube career were going to do this challenge. Some pranks that are dangerous can lead to bullying. `

 One thing is when the prank is just on one person and the person who did the prank wants to embarrass the other kid. Another thing is when it happens repeatedly. The final thing is that some pranks are dangerous. These are some things that can go over the line. Many people prank or joke around with each other. A prank is a practical joke or a mischievous act.  Sports teams sometimes prank the freshman on the team, students prank the teachers, friends prank each other, couples on YouTube prank each other. Everything I just mentioned, the people who do that want attention. When does it cross the line and become bullying? Most people don’t know they are bullying people by pranks or jokes but there are some things that cross the line.  

 

Work Cited: 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/01/17/youtubes-now-banned-dangerous-pranks-were-problem-long-before-bird-box-challenge/