This is a very impulsive, angry ranty kind of post. I’ve just seen the news, it’s 22:48 on the 30th August and I am fuming. Punish internet trolls harder! Read on to see why I think this and how I think it could be done.
The Frugal Teen
Early on this year in February, one of my secondary school classmates (I won’t name her here) died, tragically whilst on a night out. She was an absolutely amazing girl: sailing champion, head of the school and destined for sheer greatness.
Months later, I get called by my mum to come and watch the news. Her face is all over it, somebody has been trolling her remembrance account and her memory for months. They made false allegations and vandalised pictures of her. He had caused such distress for parents who had just lost their only child, as well as trolling three other teenagers who had died tragically.
Finally, he has been caught. He is awaiting sentencing but for now? A slap on the wrist? Not even… “stay off social media,” he is told. Let me tell you now, as a psychology student, whether he has a mental health illness or an addictive personality… whatever it is, for him to be able to do something so cruel, so many times, he will not be able to just “stay off.”
We shall see the outcome of his trial, but why are internet trolls reacted to so passively and with a chilled attitude? I’m sorry but verbal abuse to a police officer is given worse punishment! Have the numerous suicides by teenagers in the past not got the message through enough? Now to troll people who are completely defenceless and pry on their mourning friends and families?
I was offended just receiving a friend request from a fake account after her death, let alone seeing disgusting allegations against her; especially considering what an amazing girl she is.
Things that could be changed about how trolls are treated:
- Give them jail time even whilst waiting for a conviction
- Create a list of internet trolls, banning them from using public internet stations
- Create a software (similar to kid softwares), that prevents or blocks them from using social media in their own homes
- Monitor their history fortnightly in case of future victims
- Offer psychological help and make sure they understand the impact on others
I hope this news coverage gets a lot of attention. What is to come of this case? What amendments will be made? Something needs to be done, this cannot be a case of imprisonment and then forget it? Punishments need to be more severe! What do you think?