Re: Bullying on Facebook -
September 24th 2011, 10:40 AM
I tend to be cynical over this whole cyber bullying thing. Not to be insensitive but I think people just need to grow some balls when it comes to issues like this.
People say cyber bullying is worse than actual bullying because it doesn't 'stay in the school yard'. I disagree- you can't just click exit in the school yard and make it all go away. Of course, that's a different issue.
I think if someone is calling you mean names over facebook block them and be done with it. However, sometimes I agree it can be really cruel and severe. To take a recent example from on here, writing crude things to the parents of dead children on memorial walls. Or, to take an example from my own life, I had a friend a few years ago who was 'outed' (so to speak) by a former friend of ours who posted an update about my friends sexual orientation. Things got really bad for them because everyone basically found out, including that guys family.
The problem I have with a term like 'cyber bullying' is that if someone is harassing you and making your life hell, it goes way beyond bullying and calling it 'cyber bullying' trivialises it. However if someone is calling you a bitch or a loser you should probably just get over it.
Sorry, I know I've gone way off topic. To answer the original question, I don't think there is much facebook can do. Millions of people use facebook, they can't be expected to fix every little instance of bullying on the website. Fair enough with hate groups and the like (about specific people) but if we're talking about comments/messages, then I don't know what anyone expects facebook to do.
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