Digital Teens and the ‘Antisocial Network': Prevalence of Troublesome Online Youth Groups and Internet trolling in Great Britain

Digital Teens and the ‘Antisocial Network': Prevalence of Troublesome Online Youth Groups and Internet trolling in Great Britain

Jonathan Bishop (Centre for Research into Online Communities and E-Learning Systems, Wales, UK)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/ijep.2014070101
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Abstract

A concern shared among nearly all generations of adults is that they must do something to tackle the problems in society caused by young people. They often forget that they were once young, and all too often blame young people for all of problems in their community. This paper challenges this view and shows how the blaming of Internet trolling on today's young people – called digital teens – is probably inaccurate. What might otherwise be called Troublesome Online Youth Groups (TOYGs), this paper looks at data collected from subjects in three UK regions (n=150 to 161), which includes young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEETs). Unlike might be typically thought, the data shows that far from these NEETs being the causes of Internet trolling it is in fact the areas with high levels of productivity, higher education and higher intelligence that report lower perceptions of quality of life that these electronic message faults (EMFts) most occur in.
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Prosecution Of Internet Trollers In The Uk

The courts of law in the UK are on the whole the competence of the UK Government, but certain powers exist for devolved administrations to provide guidance to the Courts, something it has been argued could be helpful in terms of how Internet trollers are dealt with in the case of Wales, where the Welsh Government can issue guidance on the welfare of digital teens and other young people (Bishop, 2012). Table 1 provides a useful guide on how EMFts can be classified according to the type, the gravity and the severity of the offence and the appropriate legal provision for a trolling offence of that kind (Bishop, 2013a; Bishop, 2013b). It also provides a ‘CPS score’ which is the rating given by the UK public prosecutor, the Crown Prosecution Service, to determine whether a particular electronic message fault should be prosecuted (Starmer, 2013).

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