Letter: Make online commenters own their statements
M onitor columnist Katy Burns makes several good points in her Nov. 10 column on the torment and unpleasantness caused by the “Wrath of the cyber bullies.” It is hard to have a civil conversation on any issue with anonymous yahoos spouting nonsense and insults.
One way that websites such as the Monitor’s could help curb cyber-bullying is to insist that people who post comments online use their real names. Just like in the letters-to-the-editor column, real names should be attached to comments.
Writers should have the courage to own their statements. If a writer is reluctant to attach his or her real name to a comment, that should be a telling indication to both the writer and any potential reader.
The Monitor and other responsible websites should reject anonymous or fake name comments. Yes, the occasional made-up name comment could slip through. But I expect this policy would reduce online bullying and out-of-line remarks.
Many of us have had our full of internet trolls. Let’s encourage real discussions between real people.
Rep. RICK WATROUS