9 Teenage Suicides In The Last Year Were Linked To Cyber-Bullying On Social Network Ask.fm

9 Teenage Suicides In The Last Year Were Linked To Cyber-Bullying On Social Network Ask.fm

Wednesday morning a 12-year-old girl’s body was found after she leapt to her death at an abandoned cement silo, unable to take anonymous harassment anymore.

via 9 Teenage Suicides In The Last Year Were Linked To Cyber-Bullying On Social Network Ask.fm.

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2 thoughts on “9 Teenage Suicides In The Last Year Were Linked To Cyber-Bullying On Social Network Ask.fm

  1. I always hate hearing about such young kids killing themselves, especially after something so petty as being bullied by people you may not even know. I would like to say that Ask.fm should do more to protect its users, but then what happens when if those new regulations and rules push the users to another, less regulated website? The bullying will just start again and everyone’s time will have been wasted.

    I would like to blame the parents, but I cannot do that. Teenagers lie to their parents, that is always how it has been. They tell their parents they are fine when they are not, and do not want to involve them for fear that they will be made fun of for that too. That is not to say that parents should not be involved in the process at all, but it is giving them some reason for not being able to be attentive to their children all the time.

    Mark Terebin’s comment at the end of the article sounded well thought out and fair, in that, as I have said before, you cannot blame more sites like Aks.fm because it is just a tool. Take it away, and people will just find another one. His statement about not wanting to participate in the suicide debate may sound cold, but it does raise a good point about how telling everyone about these suicides may make it worse for some users. The attention paid to the victims gives them the fifteen minutes of fame they didn’t receive in life, and that can be attractive to some people, especially if they are coming from a troubled background to begin with.

    I also think too much time is spent on how to prevent cyber-bullying, and not enough on how to teach teenagers on how to deal with being cyber-bullied. This is not blaming the victim, this is giving people a tool-kit that they can pull out for when the do not know what to do. They should be encouraged to alert administrators not just in real life, but on the website as well. They should be taught about not only putting large bits of information online, like sexual orientation and promiscuity, but also to know when to disengage from a conversation if that conversation is becoming uncomfortable. Instead of parents and teachers just letting them use the internet without proper instruction, today’s children should be taught from a young age on internet etiquette and how to behave on the internet.

    Will these steps stop cyber-bulling? No, of course not. However, the children of the modern era should go into the internet knowing the risks and what is expected of them.

  2. Egypt Cuts Off Most Internet and Cell Service

    This article talks about the Internet shutdown that occurred in Egypt during the January revolutions. The government took that action as a way of preventing the people of Egypt for speaking up and sharing their opinions on the web. This action raises a lot of issues and concerns about the freedom of speech and the limits of authority that the Egyptian government can have. As a social concern, cutting off the Internet from the people can cause frustration since the Internet is their main tool of communication with each other towards the revolution. That action also affected global Cell phone companies such as Vodafone, which is mainly based in London but has a wide majority of Egyptian users. With the government taking that action, companies like Vodafone are obliged to comply with those orders. This issue would ultimately harm Egypt’s connections with outside countries since it eliminated itself from that global communication.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/29/technology/internet/29cutoff.html?_r=0

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