it's a myth that bullying to the point of suicides didn't happen back in the good ol' days when you could drink water from the hose and ride your bike without helmets. the arrival of the internet has not only added another dimension to bullying - a far more sinister one that is much harder to control - but it has allowed us to become aware of these bully/suicide incidents every single time they happen. frequency hasn't just randomly skyrocketed, but our awareness of it has.
i'm amazed that people can adopt such a lackadaisical attitude about it when it is so clearly a major, major issue.
Bullying to the point of suicide was less common "back in the good ol' days" because bullying was different, IMO. I do NOT Think it is just more awareness now, I think that bullying itself has changed (though I think some level of awareness has changed too). I may be wrong, I haven't done any studies on this stuff but I do know that I was bullied and I had many friends who had it bad too, and while there were extreme cases, I think these days there are *more* cases of extreme bullying etc.
As to "blocking people", tried that, but said people just posted stuff on their own wall, which of course got back to my previously mentioned family member.