Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Would banning anonymous comments reduce cyberbulling?

Cyberbullying is using any electronic device or website to harm someone else. This includes insulting, revealing personal information, and harassing them. Involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group that is intended to harm others.
The behavior typically occurs via, e-mail, instant messaging, and chat rooms, and can result in traumatic experience for the recipient. The bullying may be in the form of threats, spreading of rumors, or humiliation.
So would banning anonymous comments reduce cyberbullying??
A person who posted an anonymous comment can still be tracked down by using their IP address. Every computer has their own unique IP address that can be used to find the person who made the comments. Figuring out the IP address takes some software but once you have it the internet is all you need to locate the computer.

Banning anonymous comments would only make it easier to see who made which comments. It would do nothing to discourage people from making them. Bullies do what bullies want to do and they do not usually think about consequences.
Therefore, that question is more opinion. There isn't an answer. Some people think it should, others think it shouldn't be banned.


  1. anonymous commenting should noy be banned because even though some use it for bad reasons but its useful to some people because they may decide that they want to keep their identity private. I believe that everyone has a right to their own privacy so no it should not be banned at all

  2. i agree with rakgomo. some people would not like to be known for the questions they ask which to them they would find it personal but aquire asnswers at the same time. if you look at the number of anonymous questions that are asked on the enternet, its questions relating to them an ofcourse they would not like to be revealed