Stop Bullies by Banning them from Social Media: Will it Work?

Teenagers love their social media almost as much as we writers do (if not more!). So when a teen bullies another teen, should we take away their access to Facebook, Twitter and all the other social media networks? Is this a good way to stop bullies?

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Last week a Nova Scotia Crown (a prosecutor, for our US readers) asked for a ban from social media for teenager who bullied an autistic girl!  It is believed to be the first time that a Crown asked for such as ban! The assault committed by the teen bully is brutal and in my opinion should be heavily punished! The ban is part of the sentence. The Crown also asked for a probation period.

While I find the ban from social media a great message for teens who think of bullying others, I do not believe it is an effective way to stop bullying. Let me tell you why!

Social Media Ban: Not Enough to Stop Bullies

My biggest issue with the social media ban to stop bullies is this: How can we enforce the ban?! Even if the parents implement it at home and  the school reinforces it at school, access to internet is available  every place you go: cafés, a friend’s house, malls. The teenager can access to the internet anywhere she wants and hence have access to social media! I believe it is impossible to enforce such as a ban! So if a ban is impossible to enforce, is it worth to ask for it?

Should we find a way to enforce the ban, be it at home, at school or whatever other place the teen bully can think of, what message do we send to the teen bully: you bullied another person and we ban you from social media! Beat up another child and get banned from Twitter? It’s as if I say to my daughter who teased her brother, go to your room and I will ban you from candies! Will it prevent the bully from doing it again? I don’t think so! Such measures create extra frustration for everyone else involved but do very little to deter the situation from happening again.

So what is the solution? First, I think the focus should be on WHY this girl resorted to bullying. What went wrong in her life to make her that way? I think this teen should get counseling as well as probation! SOMEONE should understand why she did this and make sure that she understands she will not repeat it again! Throwing a social media ban at her isn’t going to help her change. If anything, it will make her so angry that she lashes out even more at others.

Banning from social media cannot be effective to stop bullies because it doesn’t solve the root of the problem! After the ban is lifted, she will repeat the actions because we did not provide her with means to fight the urge to bully someone else!

What do you think? Is a social media ban effective to stop bullies?

 

 

 

 

13 thoughts on “Stop Bullies by Banning them from Social Media: Will it Work?”

  1. Your writing is beyond interesting and entertaining, but I don’t think we can ever stop bullying. There are too many out there. 🙁

  2. No, I don’t think banning them from social media would work. Bullies will always be a part of society. It needs to be fought head on as it always has been. Parents and schools need to handle it better.

  3. This is dicey. A friend of mine’s niece from time to time “disappears” from social media. The working assumption is that she is being bullied. It’s she and her parents that close her accounts or tighten security. I wonder if tighter protection of ourselves and our children would be a better option?

  4. While banning the bully might not deter the behavior, it sends a message that there will be consequences. Frankly, I think the teen should also be required to go to a youth center for counseling…

  5. I think banning from social media is excelent, if there are other consequences also. For teenagers social media plays a huge part in their lives and being banned from Facebook is a lot bigger issue than it might seem. It is a great message and something that will make the young girl think twice. Because all her friends are in Facebook and she won’t be there anymore. It’s a consequence that will work a long way.

  6. I agree that a greater punishment than just a ban from social-media would be required to stop bullies. If someone is willing to say degrading things to someone over the internet, then there isn’t much stopping them from doing so in person. A bully needs to understand that their bullying has major consequences.

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