I think bullying has been around for as long as there have been people. Unfortunately, I think it’s just part of human nature. Everyone wants to be the strong one because the strong overcome the weak. Most bullies are not the obnoxious or horrible person they pretend to be. As a bully and a bullied, I can see both sides. Bullying is just something we do. I think it will never be over until humans make a conscious effort to stop it.
Cyber-bullying has been around since people could actually leave a note or a statement that they visited the site. Those who leave such horrible comments are known as trolls and nobody likes them except maybe other trolls. But even trolls bully each other.
It seems like suddenly bullying is picking up in the media. People are finally noticing. This is definitely happening with celebrities. Because as the song goes, “haters gonna hate.” The biggest reason people seem to bully or troll on the Internet is because they are anonymous and there is no liability. No matter what they say, it’s very hard (or impossible) to prosecute them. Hiding behind a screen could be a man or woman or thing, it’s hard to say.
Of course, one way to counter cyber-bullying would be to make people liable for everything they say on the Internet. But this would be tough. There’s no way to guarantee that anyone is anyone on the net. This is probably not a viable option. Besides I want a free and uncensored Internet and if everything had to be recorded and review-able by some Internet Police, I don’t want anything to do with it.
For those out there that are being bullied online, the solution is simple:
Stop reading the comments!
If you can, just disable comments altogether. If you can go private and share only with your friends (or those fans you “trust”), then do it. I know it’s so tempting to read all your comments and to read what people are saying, but you know they’re going to post good with bad in the comments. Believe me, I’ve had experience with horrible trolls and stalkers. I know what it’s like to be bullied online.
Remember, stop reading the comments, especially if they’re negative. There’s already too much negativity right now and we don’t need it.
Now excuse me while I go check out my latest comments (that I don’t have). 🙂