The internet brought about many wondrous things following it’s creation. One of those things was the ability to sit behind a screen and anonymously post things onto the world wide web. Now in some situations this might have good outcomes but like any other potential good development of technology, people will find a way to misuse it.
Cyberbullying has managed to do one thing any other form of bullying probably didn’t have the capacity to do as cyber bullying could affect people in the safest of places; their very own home. Take a look at almost any highly viewed youtube video and you’re bound to see some horrific, mean and unwarranted comments. Cyber bullying doesn’t just stop at that though, things such as revenge porn, where people post nudes of their exes online and hashtags like the #dontjudgechallenge which stereotyped certain features as ugly are all part of the online platform. This causes a lot of unsettling and negative thoughts about the usage of social media and the internet.
However, a lot steps have been taken to ensure a safer platform within social media sites. Laws have been enacted to ensure people can be held liable for what they say online. While this doesn’t encompass anonymously posted comments it does provide some form of safeguard for victims. This website gives a simplified text of the types of material that can be held criminally liable.
Another effort that has been taken to reduce anxiety on this issue is just to educate the public into being better human beings on the internet. BBC Radio 1 got together with some of the british Youtubers (who have probably seen a lot of cyberbullying directed towards them especially when their constantly uploading content onto the internet) to bring about the #nicerinternet campaign which raises awareness on cyberbullying and what we could do to reduce it.
All in all, the internet and social media unlike any other platform within the media industry is very hard to control. The best we can do is educate the public and take legal steps to ensure the safety of it’s users.
Cyber Bullying | Bully Zero Australia Foundation. Bzaf.org.au. N.p., 2016. Web. 18 Mar. 2016.
Lawstuff Australia – Know Your Rights. Lawstuff.org.au. N.p., 2016. Web. 18 Mar. 2016.