Is It Right to Impose the Same Safe Social Media Rules on Everyone?

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A recent report stated that social media sites were being urged to not include “Like” buttons on their interface for the reasons of keeping children safe online. The fear is that the Like function on sites like Facebook encourage children to stay online longer.

But the question is if everyone should have to obey the same rules on social media to keep everyone safe when the target is just one certain group. Should everyone now follow different rules just to prevent children from being online too long? Is it right to impose the same safe social media rules on everyone?

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Alex believes a good rule of thumb is that “everyone should have the same ‘quiet enjoyment’ of the world, meaning they are free from harassment, aggression, or fear being inflicted upon them by the public.”

He feels social media should follow a similar rule. Just like police separating street fights, moderators should intervene to enforce basic civility online as well. While you can’t punch strangers without expecting consequences, you shouldn’t be able to “wage a campaign of web-mediated psychological harassment without expecting consequences.”

However, only a very small percentage of online behavior meets those parameters. Yet, if we allow racist, sexist, or violent rhetoric to go unchecked, “we are implicitly labeling it as acceptable in our discourse.” Not every bully needs to be silenced, but if someone is being singled out for death threats, we should be intervening.

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Sayak takes the question away from the thought of bullying and into the need for validation. He notes that Generation Z and millennial kids have “a far greater need for ‘likes’ and validation from peers compared to older generations.” He compares taking away that need to taking money from someone’s bank account.

He believes there may have been a good deal of bullying cases and teen depression issues that prompted the British authorities to “target the humble Like button.” He sees the rule as draconian and that it resembles a “nanny state operation,” and is hoping they aren’t serious about such as “preposterous idea.”

I agree with both here. Alex is certainly right that when behavior turns the corner of being bullying, there needs to be identified rules that everyone abides by to keep everyone safe, whether they are a child or an adult. Yet, as Sayak said, we’ve created a generation who needs that validation of the Like button, and maybe that needs to be toned done without leaving others to feel like they’re in a “nanny state.”

When it comes to online safety, yes, let’s all abide by the same rules. But when it comes to time online, I don’t think my time should change to keep children online less. At that point it needs to be up to the parents to exert some type of control and rules on their children without affecting everyone else.

Your Opinion

Do you have an opinion on this? Should your online activity change to benefit children? And should you abide by the same cyber anti-bullying rules as everyone else? Is it right to impose the same safe social media rules on everyone? Chime in below to join our conversation.

3 comments

  1. “A recent report stated that social media sites were being urged to not include “Like” buttons on their interface for the reasons of keeping children safe online. ”
    It is not up to social media to babysit kids and control their time online. That is the duty and responsibility of the PARENTS. There are many articles on the ‘Net that explain in detail how to set up and enforce online time limits.

    “Should everyone now follow different rules just to prevent children from being online too long?”
    No more than they should follow different rules in hundreds or thousands other activities. Is everybody supposed to stop smoking, drinking alcohol, be home in bed by 10 pm, watch only ‘G’ rated movies, etc, etc, etc, for the sake of the children? I know, I know that smoking, drinking, too much salt in our diets, not enough sleep are not good even for adults. However, as adults, shouldn’t we allowed to make our own decisions about what we do? Every time some pressure group wants to ram their agenda down our throats, they claim that it is for the “sake of our children”.

    “He notes that Generation Z and millennial kids have “a far greater need for ‘likes’ and validation from peers compared to older generations.””
    Has anybody asked WHY do the kids today have a need for validation that is greater compared to older generations?! Is it possible that society as whole is to blame? We have created, so far, couple of generations of coddled, neurotic kids for whom the need for validation is the least of their problems. We have shielded them from any negativity or adversity. Mommy and daddy were always there to run interference. We have enabled our kids to become a cross between the Eloi and Lotus Eaters. When they face adversity, negativity or harshness, they feel picked on, bullied. They fall apart.

    “moderators should intervene to enforce basic civility online as well”
    Most definitely. However, they should do it in moderation (no pun intended). Their job is not to be surrogate parents, to shield everyone from any unpleasantness. Varying and opposing opinions must be allowed.

  2. Monitoring the developments in the society one finds that bullying, and any kind of aggressive behavior of children, is inextricably tied to the need for recognition and the “Likes” of Facebook, is the most inexpensive way to stand out. The deeper the amorphosis and poverty of society, the greater the violence in childhood. A family that has become pieces to find some food not supervise, much more, they don’t have time to train children, with the result that the values of life to “discovered” in the “Likes” of the Facebook. Nor is it random to increase fascism in our “civilized” societies. The most fertile soil to “grow” fascism is hunger and amorphosis. The theory of inhumanity is fascism, not Mel Gibson’s bullshit in “murder weapon”. Why need “Likes”? On my personal page I write what I want and I don’t expect anyone to approve. I read people’s pages and I adopt or reject their ideas, regardless of “Likes”, period.

    If I didn’t like this article it would be less important? All people have their value. Who am I to decide, as a God, whether someone deserves it or not?

    1. “A family that has become pieces to find some food not supervise, much more, they don’t have time to train children, with the result that the values of life to “discovered” in the “Likes” of the Facebook.”
      Sorry to disagree but that situation puts the kids through the school of hard knocks which teaches them to be tough and to stand up for themselves. Those kids do not give a damn about “Likes” on social media sites, even if they can afford the electronic devices to access the social media.

      BTW – what is “amorphosis”? I could not find the word in any dictionary.

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