Ram­pant abuse

The Advertiser - - LETTERS -

It is fashionable to blame schools for all that is go­ing wrong. They are tar­gets which can­not pub­licly re­spond.

There are two prob­lems with blam­ing schools for the ram­pant bul­ly­ing in our world. One is mo­bile phones. Kids share their mo­bile num­bers with friends, who upon fall­ing out, share that num­ber with other peo­ple who are not averse to abus­ing some­one anony­mously by hid­ing their caller ID.

The other is­sue is so­cial me­dia. An un­fet­tered so­cial me­dia ac­count is ei­ther a li­cence to bully, or an in­vi­ta­tion to be bul­lied. Face­book and other un­reg­u­lated sites have given the mean-minded an unchecked out­let. In short, the bul­lied are ac­ces­si­ble 24/7 and schools can­not stop that.

Schools could con­fis­cate the phones of a sus­pected bully and have un­re­stricted ac­cess to the data held on that phone. Would many par­ents of bul­lies agree to that? So­cial me­dia should be po­liced but how can that be done with­out it be­com­ing a threat to free speech? COLIN FRASER, Shei­dow Park.

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