What are your thoughts on these people?
There are three reasons why people troll blogs, chatrooms, newsgroups and social networking sites. They are:
to get attention;
to make trouble.
They get no gratification at all when the are ignored as what they aim to do is provoke emotional responses. Trolls have no true interest in the subjects they post on, their aim is only a childish and narcissistic one and that is to secure attention through the manifestation of negative behavior. What trolls desire is our online time and attention. When we refuse to respond to their posts or waste our time fruitlessly communicating with them, they move elsewhere.
In addition there isn't a country on this planet that does not have mentally disturbed people. There are many who suffer from an array of illnesses and disorders and we experience them both online and offline.
And how are they being dealt with in other countries?
Search the news for various countries and you will find your answer.
The number of children reporting online harassment has gone up by 50 percent since 2000. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The reality we face is that technology has provided a means of harassing others that didn't exist before. Our policing budgets none include large allocations of funding directed at locating cyber-criminals and bringing them before the courts.
IMHO what's also needed is a reality check and much more parental guidance for kids who are virtually living their lives online and who are sucked into becoming the victims of trolls. Many parents found the boob tube to be a great babysitter and that evolved into giving little kids computers, cell phones, laptops, etc. to keep them busy.
These days we all know that technological addiction exists and kids are deriving their concept of who they are in the world from their online encounters. Kids need face-t-face relationships with healthy role models and peers. They need fresh air and exercise and so do their parents. They also need supervision they aren't getting when they are online.
Worse stil, many parents are themselves addicted to technology and are not capable of functioning as healthy role models at all. There are many latch key kids who have parents who bring their work home with them and then spend hours online modeling that to them. Parents who are a part of the always switched on legions of cyber addicts out there are creating little images of themselves. Those little images are needy and neglected. They are prefect targets for cyberbullies and trolls.