…the dangers of idiots making hysterical statements in their name?
The inability to escape from the 24 hour online world and the public nature of threats posted on the internet make being bullied electronically more intense, it was claimed.
No, they don’t.
TURN OFF THE COMPUTER AND MOBILE PHONE!
Dr Carll, of the APA Media Psychology Division, “It is my observation that the symptoms related to cyberstalking and e-harassment may be more intense than in-person harassment, as the impact is more devastating due to the 24/7 nature of online communication, inability to escape to a safe place, and global access of the information.”
I’ve got a ‘safe place’ – in fact, I’ve got several. It’s anywhere the PC isn’t. And the mobile has an ‘off’ switch.
But she said that the strengths of the internet currently being exploited by the bullies could be turned against them.She said: “The same technologies used to harass can also be used to intervene and prevent harassment.
“Imagine a cell phone application that can tell you if someone threatening you is nearby. That could be life-saving.”
Wow! And it absolutely couldn’t possibly be used by the cyber bully to tell them where their victim is, right..?
Police forces and social services should do more to use electronic methods to stop online harassment, she argued.
Well, of course.
God forbid anything should ever happen that the police and social services couldn’t fix, eh, doctor?
As Bucko points out:
“I would suggest that 24 hour use of sites like Facebook as a substitute for real relationships is more likely to be the cause of social anxiety, loneliness, frustration and helplessness than bullying.”
Technology is wonderful, no doubt. But it’s just a tool. How it’s used is the key.
It won’t make your life better if misused. But it won’t make your life worse, either.