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Do you think more can be done amongst the youth and young people to combat cyber bullying?

We have already touched on ideas we can stop cyber bullying.

It is seen to be rampant amongst the young, but it also affects young adults (workplace bullying). Misuse of the Internet, especially when the use of the internet and social media is almost ubiquitous in today's wired generation is also becoming increasingly common.

We have all seen various cases of cyber bullying leading to suicide e.g Amanda Todd, Hannah Smith
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/hannah-smiths-sister-jo-targeted-2133317

I feel that one of the main causes of bullying is apathy amongst the crowds; we are too afraid to intervene in a bullying case for fear of being targeted ourselves.
It has also become common to set up memorial pages on Facebook after a person has died to spread awareness. However, these pages are often also targeted by other bullies and defaced. While we can spread awareness through Facebook 'likes', it often does not do anything to solve the issue.

Just a shout out, what do you all think can be done to create awareness / mitigate the problem? Government policies, school administration, amongst the youth.. etc.
Examples of things done to combat cyberbullying in your own communities / countries would be helpful too!

cheers :)

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  • Aug 28 2013: As delusional as this may sound, I believe cyber bullying is an over accentuated topic. If kids are willing to harm themselves and others or attempt suicide just because of moronic and barely coherent statements made by other ignorant students, we shouldn't be addressing the bullies, rather, we should address the mental stability of the victims. It stands to reason that a truly intelligent and stable person would realize the pettiness of the bully's tactics and be able to brush off the hate. I'm not saying that bullying should be ignored simply because it can act as a distraction from education, but the problem shouldn't have to receive such emphasis.
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      Aug 28 2013: Your comment does not sound "delusional" Kevin. I agree with you that generally, "a truly intelligent and stable person would realize the pettiness of the bully's tactics", and be able to brush it off.

      Unfortunately, bullying is not only about "barely coherent statements....". It often includes physical violence toward kids as well. Young kids are often not "stable" because they are experiencing hormonal changes, and the brain is not fully developed.

      I agree with you that we need to address the bullying behaviors as well as the stability of the victims, because both the bully and the victim are generally insecure and lack self confidence. It would be helpful to empower and encourage all kids to be all that they can be without threatening the well being of others.
      • Aug 28 2013: Physical abuse wouldn't be as serious of a problem if the school actually encouraged kids to stand up for themselves. If a victim fights back they get scorned , albeit, unjustly.
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          Aug 28 2013: That's true Kevin. Abuse may not be as big a challenge if kids could stand up for themselves. As you write in your profile.....knowledge is power. Sometimes, kids don't have the knowledge and courage to stand up for themselves, and I think we can all help with that issue.

          What do you mean....if a victim fights back they get scorned? Do you mean scorned by the bully and his buddies? Or do you think the general population scorns the victim?
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          Aug 31 2013: Kevin,
          Thanks for your reply...

          Kevin Jacobson
          1 day ago: "I mean that if a student defends them self they get scorned by the teachers."

          Wow....that's too bad that the teachers "scorn" students who try to defend themselves! Many schools have educational programs in place now and/or councilors to address bullying. Does your school have anything like that?
      • Aug 31 2013: The best thing my school has is a substandard "guidance" counselor and ill-equipped teachers.
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          Sep 1 2013: That's too bad Kevin, because obviously teachers and school staff have lots of time and opportunity to interact with students, and influence them in so many ways!
    • Aug 28 2013: Bullies must be crushed. Some people only understand power.
      • Aug 28 2013: You statement is somewhat ambiguous. What exactly do you mean by "crushed."
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        Aug 29 2013: Bryan and Kevin,
        How about if we work on "crushing" the bully behavior?

        I totally agree Bryan, that some people only understand power, so perhaps we have the power to change the bullying behaviors? If bullies only realized that they project weakness, rather than strength, it may make a difference?
        • Aug 30 2013: I mean that if a student defends them self they get scorned by the teachers.
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        • Aug 30 2013: Using the Nazis as an example is quite extreme. There is a significant difference between mass murdering fascists and school bullies.

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