Prosecuting Cyber Bullies
Technology is frequently being used to display personal information on social networking sites for everyone in the world to see. With this instantaneous technology, the school bully has access to an easier, more harmful, and anonymous way to intimidate their victim. Cyber bullying has become a form of harassment that is creating a myriad of problems for teenagers and, therefore, needs to be dealt with properly.
The sense of anonymity and the ability to disguise ones identity online increases cyber bullying activity by “making fun of, telling lies, spreading rumors, threats and sharing private information or pictures [online]” (Uhls lines 31-32). In spite of the recent technological advancements, problems with bullying has existed for generations. At the click of a button, the threatening information that can be posted online can be seen throughout the world for anyone to see. Because more people have access to someone’s private or embarrassing information, “an increased audience can often lead to more harmful bullying incidents” (McQuade 27). Cyber bullying can be committed any where and at any time, therefore “the cyber bullies may not fully understand the impact of their behavior on their victims” (Uhls line 9). Cyber bullying can negatively affect an individual and even lead to depression and thoughts of suicide.
There are many well known stories of teenagers compelled to desperate, even suicidal acts after having been exposed to recurrent harassment by others online. For instance, the devastating and well-known case of a 13-year-old girl named Megan Meier, committed suicide allegedly due to cyber bullying (McQuade 141). After becoming friends with a boy she met online, Megan, who had a lifelong struggle with weight and self-esteem, finally met a boy she thought she could trust. After weeks of friendly conversations online Megan was eager to strengthen their relationship by finally meeting each other in person. Flirtatious...
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