Before taking this class I learned about what trolling was from a friend. After googling the definition that same which was “make a deliberately offensive or provocative online posting with the aim of upsetting someone or eliciting an angry response from them.” I realized I had witnessed this often. I have seen numerous times where people will insult others online. I have always attributed this to a false confidence of being behind the computer. One can make up a pseudonym and feel as though they can say anything to anyone. This has always made me feel like the social media platforms are like a playground full of bullies. I knew I had watched a CNN video about how social media platforms are trying to prevent people from trolling.
When I began reading the article Why Teenagers are ‘Self-Trolling’ on websites like Reddit by Tanith Carey. It was incredible surprising to me. I couldn’t put it down. My first thought was, why would anyone want to be roasted? How is this helping anyone? Once I continued reading and Carey compared self-trolling to self harm. It is a public way for teens to show they are hurting without saying it themselves. It always surprising me they way teens will try to communicate. It is very inventive. So as a teacher with this new knowledge what do I do about it?
If I come across a student online that is being trolled or has placed a picture in hopes that they will be roasted, what is my duty as a teacher to do? Is that something I ignore and pretend I didn’t see it? Personally that is something I would have a hard time doing. I would probably advocate to have the student speak with a councilor. I’m not sure what the answer would be to a problem like this. Any ideas?