- April 30, 2013 - 13:55
If bullying truly is accepted as a crime, then what better place to establish a "penitentiary for bullies" than Newfoundland? This place has the highest concentration of bullies per square inch than anywhere else on Earth. It should be a new stream of doctoral research at MUN...
- Gordon Gekko
- April 29, 2013 - 15:39
It's no secret that government and police are desperate to find new ways to justify monitoring online activity. Think Vic Toews and his "you are either with us or the child pornographers" speech from last year. I don't like the idea of something as vaguely defined as "bullying" giving police the green-light to walk all over the privacy rights of anyone associated with the computers, IP addresses, and/or phones in question. What is bullying? If one kid offends another on Facebook do the police get access to mom and dad's emails as well? Lets not forget that this also mentions adult "bullying", such as in the office. What constitutes "bullying" is not totally clear, and what's even less clear is what kind of evidence the police would need to take advantage of laws such as this. People need to be very vigilant about protecting their online privacy, and not let hysteria sway us in our opinions on important new laws like this one.
- April 29, 2013 - 13:42
We recently listened to Joan Shea "mouth off" at Gerry Rogers. In her less than noble attempt to criticize and "name call", what resulted sounded much like 'bully behavior" aimed at Rogers. Shea demonstrated her own ignorance of the complexity of bullying. As Shea draws analogies between a spectator in a school yard fight and someone remaining attached to a Facebook group, well it is clear that more thought and analysis must go into such analogies than Joan Shea is capable of giving. Oh...is this bullying Joan?
- April 27, 2013 - 19:54
And it took a suicide to get this to be taken seriously. And not just a suicide, but one that was afterward made very public, thanks to the parents, with coverage even in the USA. Suicide, from whatever cause, is usually kept quiet and largely ignored by the media. The cause exposes an unpleasant side of our society, and too little exposed. How many result from sexual and other abuse? Some churches teach that suicide is a sin. Surely the sin is by those who help cause suicide.
- Stephen Redgrave
- April 28, 2013 - 08:49
It's taken a lot more than just one suicide---probably in the thousands if stats' were available. This problem is not restricted to young people either. Grown adults (I use the term loosely) participate in bullying everyday. Bullies don't have a real life, young or old. Take away their computer and they are nobody to anyone. Best thing to do is take Facebook down a few knotches and stop treating it's content as anything more than fiction and entertainment.