Cyberbullying has become a noticeable issue in recent years. As useful as websites like Twitter and Facebook are they can serve as platforms for abuse.
There are those that feel students are being failed by schools inability to deal with cyberbullying. Currently the laws regarding it are covered under the Harassment Legislation, but the laws are out dated and have not kept up with the development of technology in the modern age. Our President has also spoken out against it. It shouldn’t only be down to a nations laws though. They can get confusing on the internet. Which country’s law apply in an exchange on the internet?
The companies that run the websites need to take more responsibility for how their services are used. Last year the former CEO of Twitter admitted that they “suck at dealing with abuse and trolls” and have since updated its own abuse policies. That doesn’t really seem to have done much. Sure the rules are updated but the implementation is inconsistent at best.
Twitter is just one of the many social networking websites out there
It doesn’t help that there seems to be some kind of confusion around the issue. Several times I’ve heard something along the lines of “Just don’t go online then” or “You can just log out.” That’s missing the point completely. It’s not the victims fault that someone else decided to harass them, so why should they alter their behaviour because of it?
There is tech out there to try combat it though. An Australian company created an application called reword in an attempt to reduce cyberbullying. It relies on the typer to install it on there own machine and detects abusive language as they type and puts a red line through them, like a spellchecker. It’s in its early stages so there’s a few glitches, and it doesn’t seem to take context into account yet but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
Cyberbullying is a serious issue, and if you see evidence of online abuse please report it.