Cyberharassment Convictions: Does the U.K. Have the Right Answer?

December 6, 2012 1 comment

By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor

The number of internet trolls convicted in court of bullying online has soared by more than 150 per cent in just four years.

New figures show more than 1,200 people last year were convicted of sending offensive, obscene or threatening electronic messages – up from just 498 in 2007.

After several high profile cases involving celebrities and families grieving for loved ones being targeted on Twitter, Facebook and chatrooms, police have become more willing to use the full force of the law.

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UNACCEPTABLE: Taylor Swift Death Threats

December 2, 2012 Comments off

By Jessica Barbanel on November 20, 2012 11:16 AM EST

Taylor Swift is receiving death threats from One Direction fans on Twitter upset that she’d have the nerve to date singer Harry Styles.

After fans saw the two singers cozying up backstage at X Factor USA last week, One Direction fans have lashed out with venom not often aimed at the ultra-sweet country crooner.

“You’re a f***ing ugly bitch. I want to stab you to death and play around with your blood,” a user with the name Patrick Bateman, the serial killer character from “American Psycho,” wrote. Read entire article here.


Visit our Friend Judge Tom Jacobs’ Website

November 29, 2012 Comments off

Thomas A. Jacobs was an Arizona Assistant Attorney General from 1972–1985 where he practiced criminal and child welfare law. He was appointed to the Maricopa County Superior Court in 1985 where he served as a judge pro tem and commissioner in the juvenile and family courts until his retirement in 2008. He also taught juvenile law for ten years as an adjunct professor at the Arizona State University School of Social Work. He continues to write for teens, lawyers and judges through his books published by Thomson West and Free Spirit Publishing, Inc. He also writes regularly for teens, parents and educators on youth justice issues while answering readers’ questions at his website

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The Law on Cyberharassment

November 29, 2012 1 comment

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 08:45 The growth of modern technology has created another platform for bullying to take place. It is common nowadays for stalking, harassment or bullying to take place through social media networks like twitter and facebook. This conduct has been turned cyber bullying. I have adopted cyber harassment as the operative word given its broad nature. It is recognised that bullying may relate mainly to young persons.

Cyber harassment is the use of technology to threaten, intimidate, embarrass, humiliate and/or ridicule another person. In or jurisdiction it is safe to conclude that there is no specific law that deals with cyber harassment. Cyber harassment may be dealt with under the Penal Code, the law or defamation and/or invasion of privacy. Read entire article here.


Slate: Protecting Kids Online

November 28, 2012 Comments off

By Emily Bazelon

Recently, a 15-year-old named Kylie tweeted her suicidal thoughts, and a Twitter account called @KillYourselfKylie tweeted back a series of ugly responses. These included “We have 3 b—-es who should cut and drink bleach” and “I think i just made someone cut herself yayayyyy” and “We hate you just die . . . ” That last note was followed by a list of six first names — apparently teen-agers who knew Kylie.

“Thats it. Im done,” Kylie wrote back. @KillyYourselfKylie replied, “I WILL NEVER LET YOU IN PEACE . . . NEVER!!!” Read the entire article here.


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