According to a new YouGov Daily poll, 52% of British people say cyber bullying should be considered as crime – and most say we need new laws to deal with it
Cyber bulling is a growing issue, targeting especially the young. According to recent research, most young people have faced bulling online.
New YouGov Daily research shows 63% think young people engaging in cyber bulling should be punished like criminals, with over a half saying bullying should be treated as a new problem and approached in a new way, with.
There is an interesting gender split with more women supporting new laws on dealing with cyber bullying, while the majority of men say bullying has always been rife among the young. However, an equal number of men and women (over 61%) think cyber bullying should be punishable as a crime.
The topic attracted a lot of comments from users. According to one of them, “children who are found singling individuals out and causing personal offence in any situation should be subject to corrective behaviour therapy regardless of the medium”. Bullying, this person suggests, is an expression of a personality in pain, caused by wider issues in society.
Late in June the government launched an anti-trolling website. The webpage offers help to people facing online harassment, revenge porn, hate speech, sexual harassment and blackmail.
One in five approve of Russian action in Syria
Although the majority disapproves of Russia getting more involved with the conflict in Syria, 23% support it. Several readers made the point that Western countries intervene, so why not the Russians.
Moscow has dismissed claims of military build-up. However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov did admit it is “sending planes to Syria with both military equipment in accordance with current contracts and humanitarian aid”.