In Internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog), either accidentally or with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.
Anyone that has contributed to an online community where user generated content is freely shared has dealt with this unsuspecting, antagonistic, deliberate waste of online space. But like the digital world, they grow, expand and create new ways to engage. No, not in a positive way, but by getting past the preventative solutions in place to protect the honorable digital citizen wanting to engage.
So what exactly is the role of an Internet Troll? Inversoft would like to share a gem from Community 102 defining the details and online actions of the typical Internet Troll.
In case you forgot what Thanksgiving is all about, the Inversoft team has put together an exact reenactment of the very first Thanksgiving. Enjoy this chaotic, food induced coma, watching the game to ignore family day.
Be thankful for what you have, not what you don't.
From all us here at Inversoft, Happy Thanksgiving!
Understanding the importance of internet safety is no longer something that can be ignored. It is an issue that continues to grow, and with that, so does the need to understand and identify where risk exists.
Inversoft would like to share an informative infograph highlighting a shift in online safety awareness. The details expose how often teens provide personally identifiable information, who they "friend", and the level of trust and confidence when privacy is of concern.
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We hear all the time about the dangers and inherent risks that come with interacting online. Whether it be an online community, forum, blog or social network, it seems there is never a lack of negative interactions or comments. Not today. Today Inversoft wishes to share an article from one of our partners about how social media saved a life by creating an avenue of communication from the authorities to the one in need. Here's to community... online or off.
Rarely do we see news stories about how social media can save lives, but that’s literally what happened in the metropolitan New York area this week. An 18-year-old posted in Facebook that he was thinking about jumping off the George Washington Bridge, and “a concerned Facebook user who saw the post contacted local New Jersey police, who then called the Port Authority Police Department, which has authority over the bridge,” NBC News reported.
It may seem harmless to see your child engaged in the latest social media application. She may be snapping pictures to her friends on Snapchat or posting funny status updates on Facebook to stay in touch with her classmates and friends. However, when social media posts and tweets take a turn for the worse, your child may experience the devastating effects of cyber bullying, ultimately damaging her self confidence, self esteem and mental well being.
Defining Cyber Bullying
According to Dr. Kate Roberts, Boston-based psychologist and cyber bullying expert, cyber bullying is the use of technology to harass, hurt, embarrass, humiliate or intimidate another person. “Targets are the same students who are bullied in person,” says Roberts. “They are vulnerable, have difficulty reading social cues and they are often alone and socially isolated.”