Curbing cyber-bullying


A university student jumped to her death from an apartment recently. She may have been a victim of cyber bullying.

Possible cause of suicide, according to a contact familiar with the case:

She had taken a video of herself dancing – some kind of active Indian folk dance -in her room, and shared it in a limited way (customised) on facebook. She was decently dressed.

Someone whom she shared with seems to have spread it around, and she began getting nasty comments. There were vulgar terms used, and she was referred to as a prostitute and bitch. The feeling is that this was the work of boys who felt spurned by the girl who was supposedly good looking.

She took all this cyber bullying very badly, and was very depressed. Said to have attempted suicide twice. Her parents didn’t take all this very seriously. Apparently they saw the video and had a good laugh, saying she had always enjoyed dancing.

I feel people need to be educated on their responsibility as internet users, considering there are so many young, fragile people spending so much of time, and also depending on social media for their emotional needs(?)

What do you think can be done to curb such online bullying? Why do some people (is it just the youth?) get so nasty with others when they are online?

Should schools play a greater role in guiding students on internet etiquette. Is there a place where victims of such bullying can turn to?

What do you think?

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Don Anamalai
Don Anamalai
14 Oct 2013 9.47am

Facebook generation are not mentally strong to face outside challenged as they are pampered from young. Constantly living in cyber world has made them lost touch of the reality of the outside world. Never take suicide as a n easy way out. Be stoic, please.

Andrew I
Andrew I
14 Oct 2013 7.29am

Titanic theme? What do you think, aNIL?

Hyacinth Smith
14 Oct 2013 1.32am

A lot of people are afraid to tell the truth, to say no. That’s where toughness comes into play. Toughness is not being a bully. It’s having backbone.He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true.It is better to have one true friend than all the acquaintances in the world.Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one. Stop Bullying. No one deserves to… Read more »

Gerakan K
Gerakan K
13 Oct 2013 5.17pm

I always feel being bullied in this blog. Next time please be nice to me. Otherwise I will do the unpredictable things

Andrew I
Andrew I
14 Oct 2013 7.19am
Reply to  Gerakan K

Aw, shucks. Let’s all play the violins for gherks.

Michael Maguire
Michael Maguire
13 Oct 2013 9.46am

It is too easy to forgive ‘bullying’ whether it is ‘face to face’ with another or through the internet as human nature. When we were born, we were innocent of harmful behaviour like bullying another person, however we grow to be adults within a family and a larger society and it is there that people learn to be bullies, or not to be bullies. A child requires adults around them and beyond their immediate environment to speak and act in ways that teaches the child that it is wrong to bully another. Bullying includes both verbal and physical abuse. Verbal… Read more »

13 Oct 2013 4.33am

Yes, stranger in the internet will spit out nastier sentences in the internet compare to real life, because it is not face to face. Human nature.

13 Oct 2013 4.31am

The use of internet medium just make it more “convenient” but also leave much easier trace to the origin. Except some act like posting stuff on facebook, that many people didn’t realise the enlarged social circles. It is more intense than the yesteryear school billboard flame,hate message exchange.

And dealing with Social networking is something that Bolehland school not prepare to educate. Well, perhaps it will falls into same fake as sex education.