Law Passed Against Cyber Harassment

@Kowgirl (3490)
United States
November 22, 2007 11:14am CST
After the death of the 14 year old girl who was on MySpace the city of Dardenne, Missouri has passed a law against Cyber harassment. I don't see how this will help stop people on MySpace or any other website like it. Do you think this will stop them from pulling hoax on people on MySpace? Should ever state or city have this law? Read about it here http://from-the-newsroom.blogspot.com
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• United States
23 Nov 07
Hi Kowgirl, I read the article about the girl in Missouri. I dont think it will stop people all together, but once someone is convicted of it, it might make people think twice about harassment or bullying someone. I thought what that woman did to the girl was just absurd, get a life would you?!? You know? I mean teens tease one another, say hurtful things and just are all around mean at times, but thats most teens and its been this way for years, not just since the internet age. But to be an adult and do this to a young girl is really insane. Getting off the subject here, sorry....I know that people can use emails and things off social sites against others in court to hold up harassment charges, so making a law might not be so bad. Im just not sure. I just wonder what kind of penalties will be used. Fines? Jail time? Whats going to make someone wake up and leave people alone? Bay Lay Gray xx
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• United States
23 Nov 07
I watched the video, and feel terrible for Megan and her family. All I can say about the situation is that woman who chose such an underhanded way to defend her daughter from teenage banter needs to be punished for what she has done. As for the law, I don't see what good it can do until damage has already been done. I do not see how a local law can attempt to regulate myspace or any other website. The only positive thing that might come out of this is IF that woman who did such an underhanded, childish act is prosecuted, possibly it may hinder others from attempting the same type of behavior...and probably only in that local area, unless this story is nationally publicized. Thanks for sharing this tidbit. It's definitely food for thought.
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
23 Nov 07
While the idea of a law against cyber harassment might be great, how in earth could they enforce it? The website like Myspace would have to somehow monitor every single member of such sites and know what kind of communication was going on between members..then people would complain of an invasion of privacy
@megumiart (3777)
• United States
22 Nov 07
I just saw this on the news. I don't anything will stop people from harassing others over the internet, because identities can be concealed so easily.
@hhhxxccc (222)
• United States
22 Nov 07
i don't know about the laws, but i do know that the most important factor in protecting your child using the internet is Supervision. I've been to schools, seen my child's friend's myspaces, heard the stories and it's shocking that these kids just put this information out there. One of my my teenage son's friends (of about 15), she puts out a bulletin every 5 minutes about where she is, what she's doing, who she's with...and the worst part of it all she "w*ores" herself. (i understand from my son that "who*e" on myspace means basically adds thousands and thousands of random friends) Who knows who's reading that. Shame.