Should social networking websites do more to prevent cyber-bullying?
I agree with you, PinkMych! The "people" who commit this demeanor, should be held responsible for terrorizing the kid they harassed! Also, if the bullied child, commits suicide, the bully, should be charged with MURDER! It's unacceptable how many kids miss school EVERY DAY due to fear of humiliation! Get this, most of the girls that miss school, are feared for being harassed....in the BATHROOM! It makes me sick to my stomach that this problem is not awakening the eyes of our government! Wake up, stop being selfish! Do something about it for heavens sake!!
Parents often have kids who are bothered in school by bullying. kids want to go to online social networks for some time by themselves. if they find a bully still bothering them when they go online, they often feel like they have no where safe to go. i have experience with this sort of thing and it is difficult for someone to try to resist the temptation to go suicide. it seems reasonable to not have anyone go overboard and not have their personal space. that is why online social networks should prevent cyberbullying.
Think of all the kids who have committed suicide because of bullying, online or not. It has gotten to out of hand. It is important that people get the problem out there and talk to the bully of the consequences but also talk to the victim on how to deal with the issue so that it doesn't lead to suicide or anything with self harm relation. Many children think that it's much easier to say things to others online because it may not feel as real because they aren't actually talking in person, but either way it is an issue that definitely needs to be prevented. It doesn't matter if you are joking with the victim or being serious words hurt and physical bullying is just as bad. We need to put a stop to this!
Cyber-bullying is a very real problem faced not only by teens but adults alike. Many teens and online users have no idea how to tackle this problem, leading to serious consequences like stress, depression, etc. Prevention would definitely be better than a cure, so the websites themselves should do more to prevent such things from happening.
They should do more for people who suffer as it is not a nice thing to be cyber bullied and if they do more to prevent it then people may think before doing it,it must be awful for the people who have to suffer from this. They deserve help and support through this situation.
There have been far too many cases of self-harm, as a result of online bullying, for the companies behind social networks to ignore it. There should be some sort of filter in place to detect abusive language or insulting verbiage. I'm not sure this is the solution, but I do think it should be pursued.
I think there should be more monitoring on Facebook and Twitter for cyber bullying. Like anything else as in school there should be more strict rules and consequences when this occurs. As a parent we can only do so much. I check my child's Facebook, cell, etc. I am involved in my child's surroundings and make a stance at school when there is bullying going on. I make a stance on the internet too and talk to various supporters and authority figures on the subject. If I can help one child not be bullied than I feel like I have accomplished something. This is an ongoing issue and we need more and more parents, friends, pastors etc to get involved and stop this bullying of kids. As adults I ask you to step up and not sit back in a corner and allow this stuff to happen. You have the power to stop this. You can see what your kids write to others on Facebook/Twitter, so ask the questions and do the math and stop the bullying!
Ultimately, it is the parent's job to monitor what their child does online. However, at the later ages (teens for example), there are few parents that are not going to allow their children to go on facebook, myspace, twitter, etc. Sites should have rules against cyber-bullying. There is no reason for hurtful words anyway, especially on sites that cater to kids as young as 8.
A lot of times the cyber-bullying is done to minors and personal info is leaked/whatever. I've been to a site that wasn't a social networking site and it left me with a lot of mental stress. That still effects me til today. Cyber bullying is a very precise, mental attack. Bullyonline.Org Coupling it with personal info, minors, and etc can be dangerous. You just see the suicides. Cyber bullying should be stopped no matter what.
I have come across people who openly admit that they are only on the networking site to annoy people and nothing has been done when you report that admission. The social networks have a tendency to say that it is the responsibility of the applications developer to deal with bullying within applications. I have come across users who have complained that they are having difficulty in getting the social network to respond when they are complaining of some quite abusive behavior.
The number one thing social websites could do to prevent bullying is utilize a better system of checking the true age of their users. Most cyber-bullying is done among teens and tweens. If these sites would increase the minimum age of use to 18, and implement more effective ways to filter out young people lying about their age, cyber-bullying would decrease considerably. Parents can't monitor their children 24/7, so it would no doubt be helpful if social websites could pick up the slack. An effective way to put an end to underage usage is to charge a nominal, one-time fee for each account. The user's name would have to match the debit/credit card, and this would no doubt have a huge impact on weeding out users too young to enjoy these sites responsibly.
I don't believe in censorship, but some kind of penalty for bullying on social networks could be put in place. If there are legitimate complaints that the site is being used for bullying then something could be done. Until this happens the sites should start a vast education campaign in schools and elsewhere, educating people about bullying and showing that they are behind putting a stop to it.
Modern bullies use Facebook, Twitter, instant messaging and other technologies to ruin other youth's lives. If these companies or producers work harder to reduce cyberbullies by removing offensive text and banning or removing these bullies for harassing another young person these people will be removed and everyone can breath easier.
Many individuals have committed suicide as a result of cyber-bullying. Perhaps there should be a flag sent the support group, when specific types of words are been used. And, those individuals should be notified, or perhaps someone in another establishment.
They should do more about it because it is ruining peoples' lives. It's making them commit suicide because it's on-going. It never stops. I bet all the people that hit no on this site are people that are cyber bullying. We should be able to be able to be on these sites without people putting us down and telling us we're not good enough.
Yes, they absolutely should. Bullies have been around forever, terrorizing people, making their lives miserable. Now with social networks, they can cast a wider net and bully people far and wide. They also can recruit other nasty people and gang up on their victims through the sheer amount of people on these websites. Social networking sites have the potential to be a great way to bring people closer, but the sad fact is there are bad people out there. They seem to thrive on spewing their hatred and negativity and there has to be some kind of policing of these sites, some kind of moderation, to ensure the safety of the people who are on them.
Bullies have been around forever, but the use of technology has given bullies a whole new platform for their actions. Over the years, we have seen then more serious emotional consequences that online bullying has had for young teenagers. Online bullying over the years have grown out of control because of social media sites such as Facebook.
The use of facebook have allowed online bullying from young teenagers to other young teenagers. The difference is, face-to- face bullying often ends when school ends. For online bullying, there is no escape. And, it’s getting worse. According to statics ‘nearly 43% of teenagers have been bullied online. 1 in 4 has had it happen more than once.’ Also, ‘70% of young teenagers report seeing frequent bullying online.’
Facebook at least has reporting options, removed trolling bullying, banned users (tho most wish more would be done) but sites like Ask.fm claim no responsibilty. It is primarily used in the UK and supports anonymous identiies and comments. They even left dead girls profiles active. There is no reporting option.
They need to take control of it. If some thing happen in the website, they need to take care of it. If they don't do anything, the victim will not enter that website anymore. Then ,they will lose money.
It is the easiest way for kids to bully other kids. They can make up fake accounts and do it without fear of being caught. I made an account on Vine the latest social teen craze where you can upload 6 second videos and post online to your account. There is virtually no privacy settings I was looking at all my kid's friends accounts. I could not believe the amount of videos that were shot in school during class of unsuspecting kids. Kids are being posted online and have no idea they are being taped. I can just see a huge problem just waiting to happen.
Cyberbullying is a crime hurting someone for a good bad reason isnt enough to justify the pain given by cyberbullying. If this bullying is done on social media sites the owners should help put up a fight against cyberbullying. Bullying is common in life so everyone should against the fight against cyberbullying.
I say stop cyber bullying because some kids out there think they are better than others. That is not true because everyone is equal no matter what. God put us on this planet to live and be free, not to be calling people names and bringing others down. That is why I think more should be done to stop these acts.
Any brick and mortar establishment would be expected to remove rowdy customers, so I feel that online social networking sites now have the same obligation to provide a safe and positive environment to their users. Since various factions of the law are now prosecuting on the basis of cyber-bullying, sites where it appears most commonly should likewise start developing policies to prevent it.
I have been a victim of cyberbullying. So many nights I'd just lay in bed and cry myself to sleep. I really want the site "thedirty" to get shut down. It has lead some to suicide. It seems like everyone just brushes the bullying off, but there NEEDS to be more restrictions.
Social networks cannot be held accountable for cyber-bullying, nor should they be expected to provide more assistance in preventing cyber-bullying. Parents need to step up and become educated in today's technology, and protect their children from cyber-bullying. Children should not be allowed access to social networking sites, unless they are being supervised by parents. Too often, we blame technology, schools, or television for what is really lack of parental involvement.
I do not believe it is the job of social networking sites to infringe on people's rights to freedom of speech. As much as words might hurt they are just words, and unless someone's rights are being affected whether it be slander or the like where an actual crime or threat is being proposed, then it is not the website's job to judge what is being said.
I have never experienced cyber-bullying. I have seen people online be braver and more willing to say unpleasant or rude things, but I would not call this cyber-bullying. I think most people on social networking sites are adults who are capable of making their own choices as to what to do. If cyber-bullying is a serious problem for a social networking business, then they will decide to crack down on it, in order to keep customers.
What we really need is laws against slander and libel that are easier to access and that have teeth. Let liars feel it in the wallet, and idiots will be more cautious.
Social networking sites merely host the framework and space for people to interact with one another. They don't need to, and shouldn't be expected to, do much at all to police how people opt to use that space. If someone is being bullied, they can block or ignore or un-friend the offender. Social networks don't force anyone to be friends with anyone they don't opt to be friends with. If people continue to allow contact they're not enjoying, that's their own fault.
Social networking websites are merely a medium by which people participate. Cyber-bullying needs to be prevented by targeting the behavior of those who practice it. It is not the responsibility of social networking websites to control what is posted on their sites and attempts to regulate this would stifle free speech.
Cyber-bullying may be here to stay, but we need to be responsible when it comes to who are friends are, and taking it up with the proper people if we are being cyber-bullied on social networks. I do think parents need to be highly involved with what their child does on the Internet and social networking sites. Social networking sites have ways of recourse that children may not know about, and adults need to learn about.
It is the actions of the people that do these things. It is not the action of a organization. You could compare it to guns don't kill people, people kill people. Well facebook doesn't kill people, people kill people. These websites are created to enhance your life, others are responsible for destroying it.
You have to look after you and only you on the Internet. I think some people can be a bit soft when it comes to cyberbullying. Just move on mate, just move on. The way some people talk to each other on social networking can be appauling but just get over it.
If a person is being cyber bullied on a social networking website like twitter or Facebook, the person being cyber bullied could easily block the cyber bully and stop further bullying toward the victim of the cyber bullying.
Social networking websites provide a way for cyber-bullying to be carried out, but they do not cause the bullying. It is the users of the site that are doing the bullying. It is up to the parents and teachers of the bullies (typically kids) to help them understand the reasons that bullying is harmful and other ways to deal with their social troubles.
Social networks like Facebook and Twitter already gather and analyze so much personal information, expanding their responsibilities to include monitoring the tone and style of communications would be excessive. While administrators should be legally accountable for overt threats to harm oneself or others (as anyone legally would), cyber-bullying is best addressed through individual education and community outreach.
Social Networking sites are created for one purpose; to provide somewhere for people to interact with friends and family, or express their views to potential new friends. As with anything, it's the person behind the words that has to take responsibility. The sites already provide a Report Abuse button, so if the person being bullied is aware of that option and doesn't use it, they're allowing the abuse to continue. For social networking sites to filter through every single user's comments to check for abuse would one, take away the entire free speech aspect of the site, and two, flag up false alarms where offence was not intended nor felt. I agree cyber bullying is a problem, but in the same way as guns don't kill people without a person pulling the trigger, social networking sites don't kill people without a person tapping at the keyboard. The sites have provided ways for the person to avoid bullies, and anything more than they are doing would lose them users and make the sites purpose pointless.
I feel that the networks should not be doing more. This should not be the social networks job. This is a problem produced by our society. It is sad that so many children and teens are loosing their lives over the mean words people say to them. There is something wrong with our society, that anyone is losing their lives because of words. We have produced a world where some teens feel it is okay to put down their peers. This is not social networking's fault. This can not be fixed by social networking rules. This can only be fixed by taking a look inside ourselves. This can be fixed by people looking at how sick it is for people to be bullied so much where they feel their best option is to end there life. It is not social networking's job it is our job to end this.