Many people view trolling as a joke, but the reality is that this bullying tactic can drastically affect a person's life; lead to defamation, and in more drastic cases suicide. In America parents are usually held accountable for their children's actions, so they should also be accountable for educating them about the consequences of defamation. Websites such as Facebook and Twitter should monitor trolling and our government should demand that those sites report possible cases of defamation; local authorities should then examine the complaints and hold culprits accountable for their actions by legally prosecuting them. .
Social Networks are sites to meet new people and keep in touch with old friends. However, it can also become a nightmare ignited by "agents of chaos" as Kashmira Gander calls them; author of the article Online Internet trolls are psychopaths and sadists, psychologists claim. Gardner says that online trolling can be defined as "the practice of behaving in a deceptive, destructive, or disruptive manner in a social setting on the Internet for no purpose other than their pleasure." The study that Gardner analyzed concluded that those who have fun with trolling have a tendency to "enjoy playing the villain and torturing other characters, along with making jokes at the expense of others,"(Gander) such mischievous acts have become more common on the internet through websites that offer a sense of incognito. .
In an article published by Your Local Guardian titled Trolling for a Problem, the author, a young reporter says, "The internet offers anonymity to say things people wouldn't say in a normal social circumstance.