Why Are You Fighting Your Real-World Battles On The Web?

I’m all for using the virtual space and integrating digital citizens and all that, but why do people bring their offline ish online? No, seriously, why?!? If I sent you an email, would you reply to my P.O.Box? Or if I wrote you a text message, why respond with a phone call? Well, okay, bad example, but you get my point, yes?

And no, I’m not talking about posts like this one, or this one, or this one. Good customer care should be a statutory right,  and decrying the lack thereof is a perfectly valid use of the interwebs. What I am talking about is people taking trolling to a whole new level by airing offline laundry on the net – clean or otherwise.

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Cyberbullying: A Personal Experience

Last night, as with all nights, I was tuned to BBC radio. There was a feature on Cyberbullying spurred by the suicide of a 15-year old girl from Canada. It was a tragic story given that only five weeks ago, the girl had “uploaded a video to YouTube describing years of bullying that she said drove her to drugs and alcohol.” Her cry for help was misjudged as a pathetic search for attention. Clearly, no one bothered: The bullying continued and she eventually took her own life.

I pondered on the story while listening to various experts views on why cyberbullying occurs and what can be done to prevent it. While their views were insightful, I found it disconcerting that they seemed to focus on Cyberbullying among children.

Those who have been using social media for quite a while know very well that Cyberbullying is a reality among adults. As the number of social media users in Kenya increases, certain issues arise regarding the use of various sites. Concerns have been raised over Hate Speech, Incitement as well as Ethnic and Religious Targeting. But few of us are talking about Cyberbullying.

Experts say anytime you are harassed, humiliated or threatened online it’s cyberbullying.

As the country’s SM user crowd grows there are those who seek to stand out and make a name for themselves whichever way they can. Some, more so the tech savvy, will result to Cyberbullying.

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Daily Dozen: 22/03

Happy Monday, Folks!

Tech Killed The Kenyan Blog [Potash]
Is Blogging Dead? [Thinker’s Room]
South Africa’s stadiums are ready and impressive to boot [Engineering News]
Remembering Sharpeville [Africa Is A Country]
Of Decent Indecent Proposals [Pink Memoirs]
The Return of Makmende [Archer]
The Top 100 Sites On the Internet [BBC]
Near Sex Experience [Our Kid]
Tiger Woods’ Sexting [Deadspin]
Top Terror Suspect Vanishes from Kenyan Prison [DN]
Kenyan Banks Losing Millions of Shillings Online [EAS]
Kibaki Knows About Twitter [Kenya Imagine]

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