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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

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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      Sep 3 2013: Kim,
      I agree that those who exhibit bullying behaviors often want to be liked and want attention. I also agree that the behavior often stems from jealousy or greed.

      Why should we "delight in all the bully does to get...attention". It seems that delighting in unacceptable behavior simply reinforces and encourages the behavior.
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          Sep 4 2013: Kim,
          First you say "delight in all the bully does to get your attention". Then you say "we should never delight in any act of aggression". Usually, a bullying behavior is an act of aggression.

          I agree that it is helpful to be aware of basic human rights, and it is also helpful to nurture those who have been hurt.

          I do not know the "destiny" of anyone, and it seems unrealistic to say that you do. You use the word "must" quite a bit, and I don't feel that to be helpful to anyone.
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      Sep 4 2013: "Delight in all the bully does to get your attention. This is a victory for you everytime."
      Respectfully I think you need to rethink your logic.
      4 men rape you, then they post online pictures of them doing it to you and claim you wanted it.
      (that poor girl that killed herself)
      and you suggest she should have delighted in it?
      mmm .. yes please rethink your logic
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        Sep 4 2013: I didn't see any "logic" in that idea Martin. I checked out the link provided before it was deleted, and it looked like a religious site.
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          Sep 5 2013: I do understand forgiveness and mercy, but first the person needs to be in the mindset to desire it.

          Up until that point, I feel they need to be brought to that point.

          Rewarding bad behavior, only feeds it, and brings further victimization.

          Help the victim, stop the victimizer, do what you must to prevent recurrence. and do what you can to heal them both.

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