For years and years we keep hearing stories about the rise of "cyberbullying" which allows kids to taunt other kids beyond school walls through the internet and mobile phones. It's really just an extension of traditional bullying, but it has all sorts of people freaked out insisting that something must be done... and quickly. The problem is that no one knows how to actually stop bullying, cyber- or otherwise, so anything "done" to stop it may feel good, but is likely to be ineffective. Even the brilliant idea of having some guy dressed in a Spiderman suit tell kids to stop cyberbullying wasn't very effective (who would've thought?). With a slight twist on this, teachers in the UK are complaining again that "something must be done," but they're not complaining about kids cyberbullying other kids... but kids cyberbullying teachers. Of course, again, it's a situation where nothing really can be done, despite claims from the government that something will be done. Meanwhile, in a similar case, Keele University has simply ordered its students not to make fun of professors on Facebook or other social networks. It seems unlikely that this will work. In fact, as with "trolling" behavior, it seems likely that this will just make the bullies even more persistent, since they know their attacks are having an impact. Obviously, being the target of bullies is no fun, but there really isn't a magic bullet to stop such activities no matter how much people wish it were so.
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