Hot on the heels of Twitter, I see now Ask.fm are now in the firing line.
Lots of big name sponsors are withdrawing their accounts because a girl committed suicide after being “bullied”?
This baffles me. Why on earth are they attacking Ask.fm? It would be just as logical to attack the makers of the mobile phones or laptops the kids are using to access the site.
There are two solutions to this on-line bullying thing.
One is that society can spent the next infinite years chasing down websites such as Twitter and Ask.fm and blaming them for the ills of society when it’s none of their fault.
Or society will just have to come to terms with the simple fact that kids always have and always will bully each other.
Kids are not inherently bad [well, they are but that’s a different story]. However like all animals, once they realise there is a social order out there they start their fight to establish themselves in the pecking order. It is really a very simple biological fact. Whether it’s puppies having mock fights on the sitting room carpet or children calling each other names, it all boils down to one thing – who is going to be top dog. They don’t even realise it but it’s in their genes – it’s all part of the evolution process.
The problem, if it is a problem, with the Interweb is that it is quick, convenient and on the face of it, anonymous. This makes it an ideal medium for the bullies. If you shut down Twitter, they will move to Ask.fm. Shut that down they will only move somewhere else.
There is only one way to deal with this “problem” and that is to tell kids at an early age that bullying exists and teach ‘em how to deal with it – ignore it, or fight back. You can’t tell kids not to bully because it is hard-wired into them.
I heard some bloke on the radio last night talking about this problem and the point he made was that kids nowadays judge their own popularity not on the number and quality of friends they have but by the number of “”likes” they have on Facebook. I find that almost unbearably sad, but it is just a symptom of the modern shallow society that seems to have developed, that is more interested in “celebrity” gossip and Facebook “likes” than it is in the real world.
It’s at times like this that I’m glad I am the age I am and not just setting out on my journey through life.