Bullied to death on Bebo. 15 year old Megan Gillans committed suicide following taunts on the Internet about her clothing and appearance. Yesterday the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, Vincent Nichols criticised such sites for playing a key role in young people committing suicide. Are we too addicted to realise the danger of online social networking?
Cyber bullying follows a child home. If harassment can now leave the confines of the school playground, where can a child feel safe? And if you can’t beat them, should you just join them? This suggestion from Simon Jenkins at the Chrisitian Magazine.
“if young people are using the Internet, Bebo and texting more often, that is something we should work with, not criticise. Warning them off just makes it more exciting and could even undo the good work that is being done by churches to reach out to this community.”
If as the Archbishop says what we are dealing with is a serious “all or nothing syndrome” should we be resorting to stricter measures to combat addiction to such sites? Here are seven reasons by social networking is unhealthy.
Are you a young person who socialises on the Internet? Do you feel social networking is a form of social suicide? Or are comments like those from the Archbishop based on a collection of vague assertions?