So with Twitter being in the news for not doing more for those who have fallen victim to online bullying, I have had some emails pop into my inbox about how we should start outing these twitter bullies and pull the rug from beneath them in a sense.
Is it really time to name and shame?
A huge, big-ass part of me says yes, its time to put a stop to these people who assume they have all the power, people who think its okay to belittle people and cause upset.
I think it would certainly make them and those around the think twice before they start the onslaught of abuse. Often those hiding behind computer screens, don’t use names and hide behind ‘anon’ making it so much harder for people to point the finger.
In-fact, I think in these circumstances, they will often have a heard of people ready to pounce of you for speaking out of turn, no matter how much evidence you have to back up your claims. They will start picking and pulling you apart and threatening ‘slander’ when you finally find the courage to face your demons and name and shame the person responsible.
I think they use this to there advantage, to keep bitching and belittling, seeing it as some sort of power?
When really, its there own insecurities they are portraying.
This is what makes the idea of naming and shaming seem a little bit off to me. The fact they always have some sort of excuse and claim “it wasn’t me” when both they and people around them know full well it was.
They don’t seem to be adult enough to stand up and be honest. That’s where the idea of being whoever you want to be online comes into play.
As someone who regularly gets bashed on twitter ‘anonymously’ by the same idiotic, childish creature. I for one will take into consideration the fact that I can name and shame.
I think if more people had the courage and strength to stand up and tell the world who their bully is, there would be a whole lot less bullying going on, because they would know it would have repercussions and would not go unnoticed.
After all, twitter or any kind of online bulling doesn’t affect just one person, it affects everyone in their life. it has a massive ripple affect within families and sometimes, can have drastic implications.
Where do you stand on outing these people who choose to use the online world as a platform for just being vile?!