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Online Flaming

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A friend of mine lives with avid teenage gamers, and she was horrified to discover recently the language and the insults that her children were exposed to while engaging in a popular online game with their friends. Flame wars have become a major online annoyance.  When people start a flame war they are deliberately trying to stir up trouble, start a fight and get a reaction.  Flaming is all too common on multi-player gaming sites, chat rooms, message forums and social media sites. Most parents are aware of the trolls that can exist out there in cyberspace, and flaming is one of the skill sets that cyber bullies are familiar with.  Flamers and trolls use insults to make personal attacks and say offensive things about a person’s individual character, their family or sexuality even though they may know very little about them. Psychologists have termed the b...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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