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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 30 2013: Do you think more can be done amongst the youth and young people to combat cyber bullying?

    Well let me put it this way if 40,000 children were dying each day from cyber bullying - you can bet something would be done.


    That there are 40,000 children dying every day, effectively being bullied, in terms of not getting an education nor heath care and forced into labour so they can make iphones, nikes, and what all else, seems not to matter.

    A cyber bullied child in the first world in the media's eyes (inc ted) is a poor innocent victim who should garner our sympathy, where as a 3rd world child is disposable and gets no attention.


    So I'll take the position, that if you don't want to be cyber bullied - get off line. Problem solved and no big deal. At least you have a choice.
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      Sep 1 2013: I think you have a PERFECTLY valid point, here. However, that being said...

      There are pages, discussions, and communities- online and in the real world, concerning other "more important" issues- starvation and economic warfare/slavery, etc. These are very dire concerns for our world and are practically infinitely complicated issues involving every possible aspect of human life and organization. And certainly, much more can be done, and needs to be done quite urgently. If these are your concerns in this moment, then direct your energies that way, rather than jumping on this thread to denounce this issue as unimportant in comparison. There are plenty of examples of superficial "do-gooders" effectively wasting their time and efforts on relatively meaningless causes that could use this type of reminding of what's actually important, but, I do NOT think that this is one of them. And I also think that our time is best spent focused on the issues, rather than focused on those who aren't focused on the issues...
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      Sep 1 2013: At the end of the day, the true solution to "Cyber-bullying" happens to be the answer to the question "How do we create a healthier, happier, and more enlightened population?" It seems to me that the answer to this question involves most of the same answers to other "more important" issues, including the ones that you have outlined. This is all part of the same human project, I assure you...
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        Sep 1 2013: Excellent point Galen! I perceive everyone and everything to be interconnected, and if we can focus on creating healthier, happier, more content societies, there will naturally be less bullying. People who feel secure, are generally not impacted by bullying behaviors, nor do they have reason or desire to bully others.

        "All part of the same human project...". What we focus on expands:>)
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      Sep 1 2013: This issue is not really one of "cyber-bullying". Or, perhaps I should say, that any genuine solution to cyber-bullying isn't just a solution to that, but MUST be a general improvement in our culture's practices of raising children, education, and our forms of human organization, in general.

      "Cyber-bullying" is not a new issue, but an expression of some old issues in a brand new environment that happens to greatly exacerbate this symptom of bullying. The fact that social networking has brought about this cyber-bullying phenomena says nothing about the internet and social networking, but says everything about our culture, our psychologies as a society, and our current tendencies of modern human organization and education. The superficial issue of bullying is merely a magnifying lens held to the flaws of our culture, I believe.

      And so, a genuine solution to this issue must involve discovering how to better cultivate healthy minds and psychologies. We must learn more how we can set up schooling systems (or dismantle them) appropriately to optimize the nurturing of psychological and emotional health along with the other aspects of education like intellect and creativity. We must learn how to transform present systems of education into systems that genuinely and actively inculcate into our children the full range of human health- including emotional awareness, introspection, compassion, and collaborative skills- rather than simply over-stimulating the competitive drive which results in the far too common zero-sum understanding of self-esteem. We must also effectively instill in our children the ability to teach these values and understandings to each other and, in turn, to their children.

      This is an overwhelmingly complex matter of social science with no certain answers, but an endless set of possible solutions that need trial and error and an ongoing relationship with theory, experiment, and trial implementation. This discussion should never end.

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