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Another teen death follows bullying on Facebook

Yes, bullying has been around long before Facebook, but is there any question that bullying on social media is out of control?

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Another sad story of a young girl who killed herself after being bullied on Facebook.

An Italian prosecutor has opened an investigation into how Facebook allowed the publication of insults and bullying posts aimed at a teenager who later leapt to her death from her third-floor bedroom window.

Carolina Picchio, 14, from Novara in northern Italy, died in January after a gang of boys circulated a video on Facebook of her appearing drunk and dishevelled in the bathroom at a party.

Obviously most of the blame falls on those who did the bullying, but should Facebook also have some accountability?

Italian girl commits suicide after being bullied on Facebook

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Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer promotes bullying says psychologist

Promotes bullying?

 
In the near future I intend to write a few articles on online bullying at TechAddiction.ca. Several recent teen suicides that appear to be connected to online bullying have brought more attention to this issue.
 
I do think that that this is a real problem and one that parents especially need to be aware of.
 
However…
 
Do you really think that we need to ban classic cartoons such as Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer because it “encourages bullying”?
 
One psychologist apparently thinks so.
 
Quotes George Giulani:
 
“Throughout the entire movie, Santa Clause is saying ‘you cannot be on my team because you have a disability.”
 
I disagree. To portray Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer as “pro-bullying” or somehow justifying the mistreatment of others just seems too extreme, misguided, and completely misses the many positive messages in this Christmas classic (for example, recognizing your talents, being proud of being unique, proving that you are capable of something, not giving up, etc, etc. etc.).
 
I am wrong here? What do you think?  
 
 
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