Resolution: Cyber-bullying should be a criminal offense.
Con: Cyber-bullying should not be a criminal offense.
“The National Crime Prevention Council's definition of cyber-bullying is
-"when the Internet, cell phones or other devices are used to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person”
Contention 1: Cyber bullying is a problem, but making it a criminal offense will not solve the problem
Yes, cyber bullying is a problem as the Affirmative has stated. However, making it a criminal offense will not solve the problem.
Cyber-bullying is too difficult to monitor. Internet traffic is enormous and cyber bullying can be seen from a great number of websites, especially social networking sites. It is too challenging to determine and distinguish the perpetrator from various screen names. Many perpetrators hide their identity when victimizing someone. Extreme cyber bullying laws are already in place. Extreme cyber bullying behavior can be prosecuted under current laws. Therefore, there is no need to create cyber bullying laws. Ex: According to the New York Times on November 8 “In the Tyler Clementi case, prosecutors are considering bringing hate-crime charges.”
Making cyber bullying a criminal offense is not the correct way to address the problem subpoint - cyber bullying is too hard to define/distinguish from less harmful online behavior
subpoint - it would be impractical to enforce (too costly/not enough man power/not possible to monitor)
subpoint - making it a crime will not stop it from happening, which should be the ultimate goal
subpoint - infringes on peoples freedom of speech
subpoint - victims won’t report abuse
Other, better options
subpoint - schools deal with cyber bullying
subpoint - parents deal with cyber bullying
subpoint - students deal with cyber bullying
subpoint - outside organizations deal with bullying
Cyber bullying is a relatively new problem and all four of these different groups working to combat cyber bullying will solve the problem as time goes on. Making it a formal criminal offense would be unnecessary because it is going to be solved through the status quo right now
Cyber-bullying can occur in libraries, on public computers…leads to incorrect IP address. Locating the IP address can fail.
subpoint - government could combat cyber bullying less directly/invasively and more effectively by supporting online safety initiatives and organizations which combat cyber bullying
subpoint - extreme cyber bullying behavior can be prosecuted under current laws, there is no need to create cyber bullying laws. Ex: According to the New York Times on November 8 “In the Tyler Clementi case, prosecutors are considering bringing hate-crime charges.”
There are 2 approaches you can take on the con
1. cyber bullying is a problem but making it a criminal offense will not solve it 2. cyber bullying is not a problem
buuuut I’ll just focus on option number 1 assuming you guys aren’t planning on doing crazy things with this resolution. Haha, the real questions on the con are why won’t making it a criminal offense solve the problem and what can solve the problem better. Of course by providing alternatives you always run the risk of the pro team crying “counter plan!” buuut as long as you don’t lay out a specific policy then its fine to offer better alternatives.
A solid con case could be constructed as such
1. Agree cyber bullying = problem
2. Making it a criminal offense is not the way to address the problem 3. There are other, better ways to address the problem
You don’t really need to elaborate on point 1... the pro will give ample evidence on why cyber bullying is a problem. The most important point to win is 2. Even if you don’t convince the judge that you have good alternatives, if you can convince them that making cyber bullying a criminal...
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