With an alarming world-wide rise in cyber-bullying it is time for the United Nations to put in place sensible, global, internet regulation. This regulation is urgently required as many people, especially young women and gays, are being cyber-bullied to the point that they top themselves.
Cyber-bullying takes many forms – from simple body shaming to outright death threats. The emotional trauma that the victims suffer can be devastating. According to bullyingstatistics.org cyber-bullying includes:
- Sending mean messages or threats to a person’s email account or cell phone
- Spreading rumors online or through texts
- Posting hurtful or threatening messages on social networking sites or web pages
- Stealing a person’s account information to break into their account and send damaging messages
- Pretending to be someone else online to hurt another person
- Taking unflattering pictures of a person and spreading them through cell phones or the Internet
- Sexting, or circulating sexually suggestive pictures or messages about a person
Wow – that is some hurtful stuff! According to nobullying.com, some of the barbaric tactics that the inhuman bullies use are:
- Flaming: This is an aggressive exchange between two or more people online.
- Impersonation: Technology allows people to post or comment as others if they have gained access to another’s account. This can be used to bully.
- Cyber Stalking: Social media and messaging gives stalkers new opportunities to contact follow and harass their victims.
- Outing: Direct access to large groups of people can make outing, sharing secrets and other personal information all the more hurtful.
- Trolling: This involves trying to wind up others online with immature questions or mean comments.
The statistics on cyber-bullying are truly shocking:
- Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online.
- More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyber-threats online.
- Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet.
Notorious cyber-bully pioneer @skankbusta
So it’s not surprising that, at the Accredited Times, we have noticed a worrying trend of alt-right trolls invading our comments section and maliciously cyber-bullying not only ourselves, but also our legitimate progressive comment contributors. There has even been reports of an Accredited Times commenter being mercilessly bullied on multiple other forums after having reached out for gay/trans support here – this is unacceptable.
Because of this alt-right cyber-bullying the Accredited Times has implemented an innovative flagging system to immediately flag bullies the minute they get out of line. We call on the United Nations to take this powerful new tool in the fight against cyber-bullies and make it mandatory globally.