English 11 (CP)
Cyber-bullying laws gone too far
With the increasing use of social networking, Cyber-bullying is at an all time high. One in four of the 14- to 24-year-olds who responded to the survey said they had experienced digital abuse within the past six months. About 20 percent said someone had written something mean or untrue about them online. (Cyberbullying crackdown) The question that needs to be asked is; is it ok for a child to be jailed for a mentally distraught kid taking action upon his or her self? Bullies know right from wrong, but does the attacker truly know how far their words can cut into someone’s life? A teen should not be jailed for something as innocent as poking fun at another child. Bullying has gone on for as long as schools have been around. There are several things that should be taken into account when determining a teen’s fate.
There is no justification for cyber-bullying, or any bullying for that matter. When a teen is bullied there are lasting scars that cannot be seen on the teen. A great example of a death that could have been prevented was the death of Amanda Todd. She cried out for help and Todd died on October 10, 2012, one month after she posted a heartbreaking eight-minute YouTube confessional about the events that drove her into a severe depression. (Teitel) A teen’s mind is very fragile and to be labeled as a “freak”, “weirdo”, or some words that cannot be written on a formal essay, can do serious damage to a teen’s psychosis. Unlike traditional forms of bullying, youth who are the targets of cyber bullying at school are at greater risk for depression than are the youth who bully them, according to a survey conducted by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. (Depression high among youth victims of school cyber bullying) Words cannot hurt a person physically, but it can make the person take physical actions upon themselves. In the tragic “bullycide” of Phoebe Prince, A...