21 Jan '12, 5am

Victims forced to pay for Wi-Fi access in new form of bullying in South Korean schools

SEOUL - Being the most wired country in the world has opened the way for a new form of bullying in South Korean schools, with victims being forced to pay for Wi-Fi access for their tormentors. Bullied students are made to sign up for subscriptions that cost around US$40 (S$51) a month, then to turn on the Wi-Fi hot spot function on their smartphones. This allows the bullies to essentially take over the phone's wireless connection, permitting them to surf the Web for free - and also drawing down the phone's battery because there are multiple users at one time. "I am very worried my beloved smartphone may be worn out," one 16-year-old boy wrote anonymously in a Web bulletin in January. "I really want to cry. I am posting this because seriously, I don't know what I am supposed to do after the semester starts." Around 20 million South Koreans, 40 per cent of the entire populat...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC120121-0000018/Wi-Fi-...

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