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06 July 2010

Cyberbitching

Poison notes between fighting kids are no longer written on scraps of paper - they're being sent via the web.


Joanne Hart
There are things in the world that don't have much impact until they happen to you directly, or until they happen to your children.

Much has been said about bullying and cyber-bullying over the last few years – so much that one would imagine that people would have got it straight by now. You know, the way we stopped hitchhiking two generations ago because we suddenly collectively GOT IT – jumping into a high-speed and lockable metal capsule with a total stranger is dangerous. And we learnt not to do this without the benefit of social networking.

What I'm wondering here is: how long will it take us to have a collective epiphany about giving our 9-year-olds the keys to cyber-Ferraris and letting them drive unescorted down internet-highways?

You know what those fights are about. They're timeless - a new kid appears and threatens the "we'll be bffs (best friends forever)" order, or someone doesn't invite someone or get invited to something and, voila, suddenly the victim is being ignored in the passage at school, the aggressors are making loud and OTT shows of happiness and togetherness whenever the victim appears – all the pointless and heartbreaking stuff that girls (little and big) do to each other. 

 
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