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Is the UK too heavy handed with Internet trolls? A thoughtful piece for our younger viewers
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I think what it does show is there is a growing section of people/kids today who have no concept of respect towards other people.
Barely in my opinion, I know many younger people who use Facebook and Twitter and suffer at the hands of so called 'trolls' and the Police do nothing. These people SHOULD be dealt with the same way as anyone in the real world would be.

Just because you are looking at a screen and removing the ability to see the pain in the persons face not only makes these people cowards but also cowards with a level of 'security' in the fact they feel they can get away with it.

Comments such as only show peoples complete disregard for the mental well-being of others:
"It's difficult, but I think being arrested is too serious because it's [only] Twitter."

Personally I would strongly suggest a report on the flipside where you interview people that are victims of the police NOT helping (rather than focusing on media intensive cases such as ones relating to the olympics???)...

Maybe show the true meaning of what these so called trolls can push people to 'just for a laugh'.

Racism, sexism, ageism, bullying based on looks, gender, sexuality... these are not ok in the real world and should not be ok on-line and these people should understand that they can't hide behind a screen forever. 
Young people have been, and always will be out of control and disrespectful towards everyone and everything. But the current generation seems just that much worse... we weren't this bad when I was growing up.
In any case, if a law is broken, an arrest should be made. As long as the person isn't wrongfully accused and given a blemish on their record for something that was misinterpreted. 
I watched a programme on tv a while ago and a young lad of 13 was so bullied and harassed on his facebook page he committed suicide,why does everything in life have to be targeted by idiots and nasty individuals?
+Sia Gholami Based on experiences with people that I know have been 'bullied' online that have rightfully reported to the police along with parents or other family members have had nothing done. 

The polices stance generally is that A it is hard to prove that it is the person doing so and B all they do is give them warning after warning. In the meantime people as +Tony Myers noted there are people that are driven to suicide because of these awful people.

First of all I would personally like to see the person causing the issues to receive one warning, followed by an IP ban (meaning generally parents are then advised for a second time and given information on how to fundamentally beat the disgusting part out of their children) followed by a court sentence on the 3rd strike.

It reduces 'misunderstandings' yet keeps the general user safe for online browsing. 

But for countries to think that its ok to abuse people on-line and that we are too strict... I think their perception of the system truely is warped because it is nothing like that when it comes to the typical Joe Bloggs being harassed 
Well said +Chris McKay . In all honesty, I think this country needs to be more strict with most criminal convictions, and a warning system would be a good idea to avoid wrongful prosecution but at the same time lock-up "nutters" online or offline.
Thanks +Sia Gholami the system has to be fair but tough on punishment at the same time. I always believe in giving a person the benefit of the doubt but usually you find these people repeat offend because they know they will get away with it.

+BBC Click if you could pass on to the Newsbeat team that they really shouldn't be basing these opinions on cases that only really exist in the press due to the receiving persons 'status'. Because all I see in this report is 'high priority' cases and not an absolute to the policing or judicial systems we have in place.
It's common sense, really. If you wouldn't get away with walking up to someone in the street and saying something horrible, you shouldn't get away with it online. 

We have to be careful, though. While someone might say something that isn't very pleasant, it doesn't necessarily make it illegal. I think a lot of people kick up a fuss when they should simply be making more use of the "block" button. 
Shaun L
Very well said, +Chris McKay . It seems that some adolescents these days are unable to understand the consequences of their trolling behaviour.

The article above is just another case of media hype. Pity the tabloid journalists are unwilling to look at things from the victims' point-of-view for a change :/
+Gus Binnie  I agree with you to an extent however the "block" button is never really an answer. If you were a Troll then chances are the 'Block' button is more of an achievement of 'winning' in their eyes. It can be useful at times however is not the solution to a wider issue.

One person blocks a troll and they move on to the next person they can find its the very definition of a troll. Where I feel that there should be some form of legal proceedings is when the troll is doing nothing more than harrasing, homophobic, racist in a clearly malicious manner etc. Some things may be deemed as unpleasant by one but cause extreme mental distress in others.

A film I would HIGHLY recommend to anyone using any 'social' media would be Cyberbully -

+Shaun L the media have always been praying on the 'big stories' and this is very clear by the original article piece. What I hate to see is that the media doesn't care about the cause until after the effect has already happened.

For people who may think that it is ok to bully (even in the smallest way) may like to see these statistics from bullying statistics

although the statistics may be dated by one or two years it shows a clear issue with bullying as a whole. To which many of these so called Trolls will undoubtedly have an effect on, since children and adolescents communicate as much in social media as they do in 'real world' communication. They also view their online status just as much as their offline status.
Lets not forget the victims, one troll has many many victims, just one undeserved negative post can be depressing, it is basically mass bullying. Yes there is freedom of speech, but what about the many victims of the one troll who have in effect lost their freedom because of it. I think prison is a bit too far, I dont want to waste my tax money on someone who has trolled me, could there not be more responsibility on ISP's to fire warning shots at the connection owner, they should drop their connection rate or limit their access on complaints, im sure the prospect of making their online gaming unplayable would be a good deterrent.
Kee Lo
I might be old fashioned, but I think these sorts should be made to do some half graft for their sins.  Too many people now, and lets not just blame the young, as it's people in their 30s and 40s doing this too; pick on people and think nothing of it.  There's an old saying "people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" but sometimes the victim just doesn't feel able to respond.  The other problem is I find most of these people have nothing to do in their lives and no intensives to do better in life, they're just left there in their own homes to do nothing and given everything they want.
I want to live in a civilisation of positive thinkers adding value to each others' life. There's no time or space for such negativity... deportation to an unconnected island.
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