How Communication Technologies can contribute towards violence
Web blogging social networking community websites such as MySpace have the potential to be viewed by anyone, with almost no control over who has access to the content.
Information sharing and broadcasting capabilities of technologies mean that a large number of people can access information rapidly.
Party invitations and or details posted on websites such as MySpace, sent by email or by SMS text messaging can be dangerous. Instantly a huge number of people have access to those details. This can happen without the host being aware of it. It greatly increases the chance of gatecrashers, uninvited and unwelcome guests, which increases the likelihood of violence at a party.
Communication technologies can be used as a means of 'cyber-bullying'. Cyber bullying is using mobile phones or other communication technologies to send insulting, threatening or unpleasant voice, text and picture messages, videos or posts or spreading malicious rumours. The Bullying. No Way! website has information about cyber-bullying.
A current trend of cyber-bullying and violent behaviour that has recently emerged has been termed 'happy slapping'.
'Happy slapping' is the video recording, usually with mobile phones, of violent and shameful acts and practical jokes that are shared with other people through email and websites such as YouTube. This glorifies and encourages violent and degrading behaviour for entertainment. This type of violence should be reported to the police.