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Senate Targets Wireless Bullying

Posted March 24, 2011 2:42 PM

The U.S. Senate is considering a bill passed by the House in March that takes aim at bullying in the technology age. The bill will make it illegal to harass anyone through a computer or wireless communication device, a practice that is growing with the availability of Facebook, instant messaging, and Skype. While some legislators believe that it is necessary for the government to step in on this issue, the opposition argues that wireless bullying is not a crime and is something parents can handle on their own.

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03/25/2011 8:47 AM

How can the Senate possibly have time for this? I thought they were consumed with whether or not Barry Bonds lied about taking steroids.......and other super important stuff that they were elected to worry about. Or is that Congress?

It's a good thing there's nothing else going on, otherwise I'd be worried that they are wasting more time and money on the frivolous.

Okay, I'll ask the question. How big of a new government agency do we need to enforce and prosecute these misdemeanor bully crimes?

Maybe it's mean of me to even ask the question.

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03/25/2011 11:18 AM

I like your sarcastic comment, you've hit the bullseye...

It's very interesting (a "political" way of saying that it's a complete mess) how politicians work... I'm not from the USA and I do not live there either, but I do follow your news just as well as the ones in my country (El Salvador, a third world country in Central America) because a lot of what happens in the US has a direct influence in my country's issues.

The thing is: Whether it is in the US or in a country like El Salvador, a lot of politicians on the senate and congress (in both and even more countries) are losing time on such small issues and they are earning great salaries for that (that you and I and just everybody else who's working hard on society, are paying with our taxes)... just by generating controversy with meaningless issues (at least on that political level, in which one could really begin to make sustainable changes by working on bigger and more sustancial issues)...

I don't know, I guess it is very easy to let time pass (time passing by = anual salary growing proportionally with no major difficulties) with this small issues, than really working their a$$es off and doing the changes that should be proportional to what they earn...

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03/25/2011 11:29 AM

Hi Carlos,

You're right, politicians that live the good life, and squander time and, (our), money on frivolous things are definitely not confined to the US..........it's global.

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03/25/2011 10:57 AM

You're so right Kramarat. This is not a BIG ROCK that our Federal legislators should be dealing with.

An author by the name of Todd Duncan wrote a book called Time Traps where he said that most of us don't have time management problems, we have task management problems. This isn't a high priority issue, although there can be serious consequences, that should be dealt with at this level. They have many other higher priority issues that need their undivided attention. Some of this is common sense that should be dealt with as parents and teens together. Oh, but that would require me as a parent to interact with my kids. "How do I do that?" It's called time. Turn off the sticking TV and do things with the kids. Find out what they are dealing with and help them deal with reality in a proper way.

There is also the need for us as parents to help to develope young people with a strong confidence in who they are, how to handle negative things that are that are usually said by people that don't matter (they don't have positive fruit on the tree, i.e. in results or relationships). A good book that deals with this kind of thing is Adversity Quotient by John Stoltz. Adversity comes in many shapes and sounds. Learning how to respond, not react, to it is critical for all ages to learn as we lead/influence those around us, especially our families. "The suit of a leader is thick skin".

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03/25/2011 11:18 AM

Nobody's going to stop bullying. It was going on when we were kids, it was going on when our parents were kids and well before that.

Bullies don't stop when they get out of school, they turn into the grownup a$$holes that we've all worked for, and with. Yes, teaching our kids how to deal with these people when they're young is the answer, cause the bullies ain't going away.

Creating anti bullying laws will be just as effective as the gun laws are at stopping criminals.

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03/25/2011 12:29 PM

How in the world are they going to be able to define what they are proposing to police? Is this going to be another, like pornography, where they say "I can't define harassment but I know it when I see it?"

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