Cyber-bullying at one point or another used

       Cyber-bullying
is more serious than normal bullying. For normal-bullying, the victims knows
who the bully is be it in his/her school or neighbor. However, in case of cyber-bullying,
the bully is ambiguous. He/she could be anywhere on the other side of the computer
screen, anywhere in the world and at any time! There is no limit of place or
time for cyber bullying. Normal-bullying
usually occurs during school hours or, whenever the victim is outside his safe
environment like his house, but cyber-bullying can happen anytime, anywhere.
Clearly, cyber-bullying is more extensive than normal bullying. However,
according to the Legal intern of the United states Attorney’s office, Tiffany
Sumrall, in her article, “Lethal Words: The Harmful Impact of
Cyberbullying and the Need for Federal Criminalization”, she has described
the severity of cyber bullying by the example of a seventh grader teenager,
Amanda Todd who distressed by online harassment, hanged herself to death. Prior
to her suicide, she posted a video describing her struggles of how she was harassed
by a stranger who posted her naked video online. She further added how
this incident spurred legislative action against cyberbullying in Canada, “In
the aftermath of Amanda Todd’s suicide, Canada passed a bill criminalizing the
posting of intimate images of another individual without her permission.”

       Although
suicide cases may bring media recognition to the problem of cyberbullying, cyberbullying
affects more than the handful of suicide victims. Cyberbullying is widespread;
fifty percent of people age fourteen to twenty-four report being a victim of
digital abuse at some point in their life. The harm caused by widespread
cyberbullying raises a need for laws prohibiting cyberbullying to protect all
of these victims.

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       Criminalizing
cyber bullying would act as a deterrent. If cyber bullying will be criminalized,
it would decrease the number of people who do it, because they will be aware
that there is the possibility of getting in trouble for it. For example: before
there were laws about using cell phones while driving, almost everyone at one
point or another used their phones while driving, even though they knew that it’s
wrong. However, after the implementation of cell phone laws while driving,
there are less people who use phones while they’re driving, because now they
know consequences of breaking these rules. The same idea applies here. If people
will be aware of the fact that they could get into some serious trouble for
cyber bullying someone, then almost everyone is going to be a lot less tempted
to do so. The risk of getting in trouble is enough for some people to just say
“no” and save the future of the youth around the world.