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Comment: Networks need some barriers
IN the past couple of years social networking sites have transformed the way millions of people communicate.
The revolution that has been led by sites like Facebook and Twitter has broken down many barriers and enabled people to get in touch quickly and easily from almost anywhere.
But it is a double-sided coin that has also brought some real problems.
There are individuals who see the ability to ‘talk’ online to someone in the public eye as a licence to torment and bully via their home laptop.
And those who don’t take steps to actually erect barriers behind which they can speak to friends can easily find unwelcome strangers joining in conversations.
Recently there have been calls for new laws to help police deal with abuse on Twitter after offensive tweets were aimed at Olympic diver Tom Daley and Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba.
Now guidance is being issued to teachers in East Lancashire warning them about the risks of communicating with pupils on social networking sites.
The move is welcome. Teachers and others need to know there should be barriers between professional and private lives.