Again we read about the kids being bullied online and the media attempting to show us how to protect them.
People, it should be as simple as this: if someone sends a threat or a message to a young person that is thought could be detrimental to their mental health, then the company which provides the internet service to the person who made the threats should be obliged by law to withdraw the contract from that person under threat of a hefty fine, and the computer then handed in for destruction.
That person should then be blacklisted with all other internet providers for a set period of time.
If the person again repeats the offence then the person should not be allowed to have the privilege ever again.
The responsibility for the reporting of who used the computer should be brought down upon the owner of the computer.
There is so much technology out there that can eradicate this low-life behaviour but as always the victim appears to be left to figure it out for themselves.
My word to the providers is that you have taken people’s money for the computers, so let’s give them some protection for free by following through with proper action for the perpetrator. It’s your technology that you sold them, so you should be regulating it.
David MacPhail, Dooley Street, Warrnambool