SAY THANK YOU TO SOCIAL NETWORK TROLLS AND CYBERBULLIES – Despite the fact that many people now feel that society has become rude, that is we appear unable to display a little decorum or pleasantry, I remain convinced that the British are still one of the most politest nations on earth.
We may not bow to one another, as the Japanese do, or wai one another as the Thais do but we certainly know how to say please and thank you.
I remember my days as a nipper and if I failed to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ where expected I’d be rewarded with a short, sharp and painful clip round my ear from the mother with the line “It costs nothing to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.”
Of course my mum was right – all our mothers are right and we certainly take to heart what our mothers have to say.
We live in an electronic age where the internet appears to almost rule our lives; our kids certainly spend far too much time online with their friends but this is the digital age; it’s what they know and it’s how they communicate.
Regardless to those who continuously slam the web and a system of debauchery and evil it is nowhere near as bad as those opposed against online use makes out.
Yes, we will not deny that teenagers have committed suicide due to cyber-bullying and we will not deny that social networks have been responsible for creating a darker side to human nature.
It is often successfully argued, and I agree, that too much vile content is loaded on the web and those trolls or cyber-bullies only do what they do due to the factor of anonymity.
When we look at the situation would we expect anyone to rant, rave and abuse someone face to face?
Of course not and whilst people do have public confrontations the activities online can be far more damning – it’s as if there is never any real consequences to their actions and even when there are the humanity is lost as these trolls or cyber-bullies have no personal connection to the person affected.
So what’s the solution to trolls and cyber-bullies? At meebal.com we want to say thank you to all the trolls and cyber-bullies – that is whenever we get a comment that is considered hurtful, vile or simply unwarranted we are going to respond with just two words… Thank You.
Think about this for a moment; there’s an old saying that you can kill someone with kindness. With this in mind we thought it a good idea to simply take the wind out of their sails and simply say Thank You.
Quite frankly I’m far too intelligent to allow any vile or unwarranted comments to get under my skin. I also feel that everyone has a right to their opinion; even if I am asked to take a long walk off a very short pier.
The truth of the matter is that sticks and stones may break my bones but names, or comments, will never hurt me.
Saying merely Thank You to any comment also puts me above the trolls and cyber-bullies and simply confirms that by not retorting, I am above any mere comments that people might throw at me.
I can assure you that meebal.com has written some extremely controversial articles and as such we’ve been subjected to some pretty vile comments and personal attacks; however everyone is entitled to an opinion.
Help us to get this ‘Thank You’ campaign off by spreading the word. Let your children know of the Thank You campaign and get them involved.
We actually did a little test and got a few folks involved and one of the nicest aspects was that those who were subjected to trolls and cyber-bullies found that they got left alone; yes those cyber-bullies and trolls simply gave up.
The fact that they no longer took the bait and responded with equal venom was a step in the right direction but they also noted how good they felt about themselves by just saying ‘Thank You’.
Remember you’re far too intelligent to be baited so just say … Thank You.