The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) unveiled today a new Internet resource in partnership with Google/YouTube and renowned ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi.
The video shows a typical 14-year old YouTube user who is passionate about dolphins but is being bullied and harassed by fictitious comments on site. When he sees one particularly hurtful comment he reaches down, grabs the comment, and then responds to it in the remainder of the video.
According to new research from NCPC, young people state that disrespect is growing rapidly in the digital world and say they need help defining and restoring respect among their peers.
YouTube also has a safety center where users can report bullying and other aggressive behaviors on the site or get the valuable tips and information on how to prevent these problems.
I noticed it by myself that I seldom give comments at blogs anymore. And not because of bullying but due to disrespect and indifference most commenters expose these days. And like many friends do, the place to discuss all kind of issues is the safe environment of social networks. It makes blogs and places like YouTube less valuable.