A joint post with +Fabian Marrone
Cyber bullies are cowards. They hide behind their screens to cause untold distress and heartache to the most vulnerable in our society. In extreme cases their actions have led young people to take their own lives.
- Amend all terms and conditions to make it crystal clear that any form of online bullying will not be tolerated and be explicit about the penalties. Get all users to explicitly agree to these new conditions. Those who are reported or suspected of cyber bullying should have their accounts frozen and, if there is sufficient evidence, blocked from using the vehicle of their venom.
- Subject to local laws, details of those blocked should be shared amongst the main social media sites to ensure all outlets are restricted.
- Social media owners should establish a form of neighbourhood watch, encouraging the online community to identify and report incidents of cyber bullying quickly.
- Provide support and assistance to those who are victims of bullies online.