Lately, yet more ‘people’ online, who asked to be ‘friends’ on Facebook, have been dishing out what I felt was some extremely personal, mean and nasty feedback. I don’t even know if they are a really the people they say they are, or are using pseudonyms. Sadly, I thought we had resolved it privately, but it seems not as there was zero response to my last private message, replying politely to theirs.
This latest attack has not been to do with language, but regardless of that, it seems the very simple things like the right to request people do not use words and language that are offensive and considered disrespectful to many of us living with dementia, when used to label us publicly seems a hard one for others to come to grips with…
These people remind me of the school yard bullies, but online, and hiding behind false names.
Opinionated, self-righteous, and downright mean. Bring it on… I can take it as there are, it seems, plenty more of you out there. I’m sure they would probably not so unkindly pick on a person person with cancer speaking out…
Hiding behind a pseudonym online… really is not so different to being a bully, except the person is being too gutless to stand up and be counted; being anonymous gives that person so much more power too, but it is pathetic person who refuses to engage honestly and openly (IMHO).
Online bullying is real, and getting worse and it needs to stop. They might think they have every right, but it is nasty, cruel behaviour, and being directed at anyone facing a terminal illness, who is simply speaking out for issues such as respectful language to be used by all, is not only mean, it is totally unfair.
We all need to think about our behaviour, even them… they ask for respect, but do not offer it, hence are operating from double standards.
Cyber bullying is a crime, in Australia and in most countries now, and as such I have taken screen shots of everything I (and that many others) feel was a form of bullying, no matter how mild it may seem to others, in case it continues or escalates. I do have proof, and witnesses.
Coming from people in a self-proclaimed “Care Group” who seemed to have trolled the internet to connect with many of my real friends, really is a bit rich!!!