Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson has received a charity award after sharing details of her personal struggles with cyber bullying and mental health.
The young star had been subjected to severe online bullying over a long period of time and was driven to the point of complete despair, feeling that suicide might have been the only option she had. Fortunately, Nelson came through her ordeal and has been working to use her own negative situation to help and improve the lives of others who might be going through something similar.
The anti-bullying nonprofit group Cybersmile commended the singer this month for sharing heartbreaking details of this difficult moment in her life while raising awareness of just how big of an impact cyberbullying and internet abuse can have on people’s mental health.
She recently collaborated with the BBC to make a documentary about her experience of cyberbullying and trolling which became the most watched program in Britain on BBC 3. Viewers hailed the program, with many suggesting that it should be shown in schools to educate young people about the dangers and real-world effects of cyber bullying and online harassment.
The documentary explores her personal journey of rehabilitation, where she talks about the online abuse that she received and how it affected her. The Little Mix star hopes that by sharing her own story, it might prevent anyone else that is being affected by bullies or trolls from considering the same extreme lengths she did when she felt that she couldn’t take the abuse anymore.
The Cybersmiler of the Month title awarded to Jesy has previously been given to stars including Tom Hanks, Dwayne Johnson, Lorde and Taylor Swift. The charity award is given out each month, seeking to recognize and reward people that undertake acts of kindness or make an extra effort to enhance the lives of others.
With cyberbullying being a relatively new phenomenon, the long-term effects of the problem are largely unknown but evidence has shown that even short-term cases can lead to anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm and suicide.
Why Accidents Involving Self-Driving Cars Are So Complex
The last two decades have seen technological advancements and innovations improve tremendously. Technologies like video calling and driverless cars, which were only possible in Sci-Fi movies, are now a reality.
Unlike some other technology faults, driverless car errors can be a matter of life and death. While there is no doubt that driverless cars are the future of driving, a lot still needs to be done before the technology can be considered safe.
They May Not Be As Safe
In the past few years, there have been several stories about vehicles on autopilot causing an accident. Some of these situations would be easily avoidable for a human driver, bringing to question the safety of autonomous features. While accidents involving cars on autopilot usually result in less severe injuries than driver-operated vehicles, a recent study shows that their rate of getting into an accident is slightly higher.
On average, there are 4.1 crashes per 1 million miles traveled for driver-operated vehicles compared to 9.1 per 1 million miles traveled for vehicles with autonomous driving features.
Currently, there isn’t much regulation on autonomous driving allowances. Most autonomous car makers capitalize on the loopholes in the law to create misleading terminologies regarding vehicles’ capabilities, making determining liability a complex issue.
For example, Tesla refers to its advanced driver-assist feature as autopilot, which drivers can interpret as entirely autonomous. On its website, Tesla states that autopilot is an advanced driver assist feature meant to complement perceptive human drivers, not replace them. Unfortunately, many semi-autonomous car drivers get a sense of false security from the misleading terminology, resulting in devastating accidents.
Accidents that happen under such circumstances can result in Tesla having liability. Recently, a court in Germany found the “autopilot” tag on tesla vehicles misleading. This means that Tesla could be liable for damages resulting from reliance on the feature.
Autonomous car makers could also be liable for an accident if a malfunction in their system causes an accident. Malfunctions can result from system failure or even cyber-attacks.
In 2015, a planned hacking test was conducted on a Jeep. Surprisingly, the hackers were able to access the jeep remotely and stop it while traveling at 70 mph. Accidents that result from system hacking could see car manufacturers having liability because system hacks are outside the driver’s control.
In January of 2022, a 27-year-old Tesla driver was charged with vehicular manslaughter for hitting and killing two occupants of a Honda Civic at an intersection while on autopilot. This case marked the first time an American was facing criminal charges for autopilot-related accidents, which could set precedence for future accidents involving autopilot features.
“Autopilot cannot and should not replace attentive driving,” says car accident attorney Amy Gaiennie. “All drivers should keep their attention on the road and only use any self-driving assistive technology to complement their safe driving practices.”
According to the NHTSA, vehicle control lies with the driver irrespective of how sophisticated its technology is. This means that accidents that result from a driver not playing their part in operating the vehicle can see the motorist carrying liability for the accident.
As it stands, vehicles cannot be considered entirely autonomous, but technology is headed there fast. But until then, the driver must play a significant role in operating a vehicle failure to which they could be liable for damages.
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