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Would you report your own child for trolling?

If so, under which circumstances?

Seeking Opinion Child Behaviour , Web , Social Media 4 years ago
Holly Seddon admin
Holly Seddon
Editor-in-chief of
Kent, UK

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Kristin Bennett McNeely
Kristin Bennett McNeely Techie Designer Mom Seattle, Washington

I would firmly lecture and then probably apologize to the recipient and do what I could to remove the comments, so not quite report but I'd HANDLE it...if that makes sense. My kids are pretty little so this opinion could change...

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Opinion 3 years ago
Francesco admin
Francesco Founder @ London, GB

If I understand the term 'trolling' correctly, that is "someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous or off-topics messages in an online community" (source: wikipedia), perhaps reporting your child as a first line of defence may be a bit of a stretch? I'd suggest you speak to him/her and try to understand what triggers such reactions/behaviours. In my opinion, while people can behave uncharacteristically, on the web, under conditions of anonymity, it's most likely than not that this person would show a similar type of behaviour in an off-line setting. Instead of reporting, look for the causes and address them. You will most likely find that the issue is close to home.

If on the other hand, your definition of trolling is what some mass media use, that is "a person who defaces Internet tribute sites with the aim of causing grief to families" - then my point above is even more fitting.

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Opinion 4 years ago

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