Cyber-bullyingis more serious than normal bullying. For normal-bullying, the victims knowswho 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 computerscreen, anywhere in the world and at any time! There is no limit of place ortime for cyber bullying. Normal-bullyingusually occurs during school hours or, whenever the victim is outside his safeenvironment 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, TiffanySumrall, in her article, “Lethal Words: The Harmful Impact ofCyberbullying and the Need for Federal Criminalization”, she has describedthe severity of cyber bullying by the example of a seventh grader teenager,Amanda Todd who distressed by online harassment, hanged herself to death. Priorto her suicide, she posted a video describing her struggles of how she was harassedby a stranger who posted her naked video online.
She further added howthis incident spurred legislative action against cyberbullying in Canada, “Inthe aftermath of Amanda Todd’s suicide, Canada passed a bill criminalizing theposting of intimate images of another individual without her permission.” Althoughsuicide cases may bring media recognition to the problem of cyberbullying, cyberbullyingaffects more than the handful of suicide victims. Cyberbullying is widespread;fifty percent of people age fourteen to twenty-four report being a victim ofdigital abuse at some point in their life.
The harm caused by widespreadcyberbullying raises a need for laws prohibiting cyberbullying to protect allof these victims. Criminalizingcyber 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 awarethat there is the possibility of getting in trouble for it. For example: beforethere were laws about using cell phones while driving, almost everyone at onepoint or another used their phones while driving, even though they knew that it’swrong. However, after the implementation of cell phone laws while driving,there are less people who use phones while they’re driving, because now theyknow consequences of breaking these rules. The same idea applies here.
If peoplewill be aware of the fact that they could get into some serious trouble forcyber bullying someone, then almost everyone is going to be a lot less temptedto 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.