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August 12th, 2013
01:49 PM ET

How to fight online bullies

What can be done to fight an outbreak of online threats and bullying in the UK?

British Prime Minister David Cameron has called for a boycott of sites that allow cyberbullying, while asking for website operators to "step up to the plate" and show some responsibility.

A number of companies have pulled their ads from Ask.fm, the site where 14-year-old Hannah Smith was bullied before she committed suicide.

British MP Barry Sheerman wants to take action. On News Stream he said, "I would set up a commission and look at the responsibility of people who own and manage sites like Twitter and Ask.fm because they have responsibility."

"I would look at a range of options like a red button if you're being bullied, so immediately it flags you to a counselor - if you are a child - who can give you information, guidance and advice."

"Also, what we need to do is prosecute these people who cause an enormous disturbance to others as much mentally as physically."

Click on to hear more from Sheerman. What he reveals could be the beginning of one country's legislated approach to online abuse.

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  1. Fritz Hohenheim

    Here is an idea, although a very radical one, but then, George Washington, Mahatma Gandhi and Karl Marx's ideas weren't less radical either: GET OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA SIDES! Humanity came out of the caves without that nonsense. We don't need a place to post in realtime when we blow our noses.

    August 18, 2013 at 7:52 am | Reply
  2. Rajendra

    Nice information as to what can be done to stop cyber bullying .....here is more information on the topic... tips to handle internet trolls with survey stats & cases on online trolling in Infographic http://bit.ly/TrollinG

    August 24, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Reply

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