“Did you know, Bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider committing suicide?” (DoSomething.org). Many children and teenagers in today’s society are not only faced with being bullied at school, but they deal with it online at home as well. Social media sites, where children are supposed to be able to express themselves and not be victimized, are a growing statistic of where bullying is taking place (Foxman, Abraham, and Silverman). With more and more children each and every day gaining access to the internet; from blogs to Facebook even Email; these sources are making it easier for bullies to harass their victims.
Am I saying we should do away with all of these sites and communication sources? No! I, myself use them, but in my opinion, these sites should be monitored at all times, to reduce and even eliminate bullying. I know there are many opposing viewpoints on this issue, but if we desire to save lives and help boost the confidence of our youth, then we must take a stand against bullying to end it!
Many people protest that cyber-bullying laws would impose on their privacy. An “invasion of privacy” should never be put before someone being verbally abused, leading to the person doing harm to themselves. There is now a bill in progress to administer “cyber cops”, some see this as helpful while others, as I previously mentioned, find this to be an invasion of privacy. However, it is stated, “A good cyber-cop is not just a good investigator. He or she is also a top-drawer geek, well versed in the latest technologies; a sophisticated legal thinker able to walk the fine balance between effective online investigation and invasion of privacy…” (Cyberbully law a good start).
Effective online investigation can and most likely will help to resolve some of the cyber-bullying issues and not invade privacy at the same time, and as the article stated, there is a fine line between the two. If we can resolve the issues with cyber-bullying, it will make the internet a better place for people on there with the right intentions. We can monitor activity without invading privacy; you don’t have to go through a person’s entire space to see if they are bullying someone. This is not the only argument against these laws though; many people feel that these laws impose on their First Amendment Rights.
The First Amendment of our Constitution states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of...or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…”(www.archives.gov). Many times before, the government has made changes to these amendments through Article V of the Constitution of the United States. In my opinion, creating a law against bullying is not going to take away your Freedom of Speech; it would be a law to protect the victims of your decisions. This action should not be seen as a restriction on your abusive behavior, but as a way to help and shelter the victims of bullying. If now you are...