Facebook Employs New Tactics to Combat Teen Cyber Bullying


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Cyber bullying has been on the rise in the last decade and the main facilitator has been the social network boom. Facebook’s latest scheme to combat this distasteful use of our freedom of communication targets the 13 to 14-year-old user who may feel too intimidated to hit the site’s “report” button.

The new button says “This post is a problem” prompting the kids to answer a few questions about why they’re upset by a particular post on Facebook. The questionnaire attempts to take the kids to a solution that’s suitable for the problem at hand. If it’s more that they’re annoyed, rather than frightened by the post, then it suggests that they message their friend and let them know it makes them uncomfortable. If the post seems more dangerous in nature, then it suggests they message an adult about it and get some help. It even directs teens to suicide hotlines and professional help if it believes the user has suicidal tendencies.

These new tactics have been put into action after consultation with researches at Columbia and Yale Universities. It’s believed that measures like this are becoming critical as the younger generations start living their lives half in the real world, and half in cyberspace. Social interaction, both good and bad, is happening more and more online and it’s important that younger generations know how to seek out support networks when they feel attacked in the more virtual side of their world.

Hopefully more measures like this will reduce the emotional abuse that happens online and also help those who are more ignorant about the effect of their words, helping them realize how what they say and type can affect others much more deeply than they initially expect.

[Via AllFacebook | Bullying Picture by BigStockPhoto.com]





6 Responses to Facebook Employs New Tactics to Combat Teen Cyber Bullying

  1. dear blondie bully-ee,

    please console yourself with the fact that you are way hotter than those bully-ists.

    lylas,

    dadomon

    • Because beautiful people can't really be bullied? Or is it that beauty is so important that you can comfort youreself with the thought of being prettier than others?

  2. so because the report button has been no help theyre giving teenagers a weaker version of reporting to help combat cyber bullying?

    lol good luck with that

  3. I agree, if you post a picture of someone getting bullied, generally it is not the hot girl who is getting bullied.

    • As someone with a little sister who is considered "hot" you are very wrong.
      Believe it or not she was actually made fun of for befriending the down syndrome kids in her high school.
      She is currently finishing up her undergrad in special education.

      The truth is that its anyone can/will be bullied. Usually happens at some point to anyone who isn't an asshole.