Globalisation has allowed communication between people all the way across the world, through social networking.
This new form of communication strengthens our long distance connections and allows progression in business, relationships and social activities.
It has even developed into tool for propaganda business and vocalisation of ones self.
However to every positive aspect there is a conflicting one, and in this case it is extreme.
The bullying associated with these social networking sites is endless. Out of the billions of users millions are tormented, humiliated and abused, intentionally or not.
The bullying epidemic was bad enough on the playgrounds in the classrooms and in person. The cyber mutation of this has allowed veiled predators to attack their victims with little consequence. The screen into the Internet has become a barrier for the predator and a window to the victim.
Bullying is mainly seen amongst children or teen. We all know adults know better. Don’t we? The recent misogynistic attacks towards several women of parliament and female journalists has brought to light the much darker side to the seemingly mature as well as bringing into question their means. Reported in “Twitter UK boosts anti-abuse tools after threats against women”by Giulio Saggin of ABC News.
Twitter being a social networking site that most would trust has allowed misogynistic men to abuse women of fairly high power, with ease and little consequence. What we see as (unfortunately) common behavior amongst children has spread to the “mature”, “capable” users of social networking sites.
The women harassed by these temperamental users were not only threatened with foul words and distaste to their person, they were publicly humiliated, had their lives threatened and in some instances their dignity was threatened.
What global community do we live in to allow this to happen to our people?
What are we doing to fix this?
How could we let it go so far that lives are threatened?
The cyber bullying found in social media site is atrocious and the persecution of those at fault is minimal if not unheard of
The cowards responsible for the assaults through Twitter had no risk to themselves, hiding behind the mask of the cyber system
Globablisation has improved our interaction with others from afar but at what cost. In cases like these it has fuelled the bullying of individuals and groups with no justification and little justice.
In an attempt to correct this Twitter offered a public formal apology to the women attacked, and all victims of bullying through the site, as well as a proposal to fix the issue. By adding a “report abuse” button
By taking action the large social networking site has showed their support and have made it public that behavior like this should not be tolerated. The twitter site was not designed for ease in abuse and certainly was not designed for the persecution of ones beliefs.
This “report abuse ” button is a start, however growth in cyber abusehas grown exponentially and is growing even further out of hand. It took a huge issue for small part of the problem to be resolved.
Why is this abuse not been dealt with till now?
What will have to happen next time for more to be done?,
As if the suicides haven’t been enough. According to statistics reported by ABC News,
“nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying”
“Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.”
“Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims” according to studies by Yale
Is this the fault of Globalisation?
Will we continue to let this happen?
Will this behaviour and these issues just become collateral damage?