Amanda Todd, a fifteen year old victim of cyberstalking and cyberbullying, died this week. Before ending her life, she courageously shared her story on a YouTube video. She wanted the truth to be known. In a Vancouver Sun report, Amanda's grieving mother supported her daughter's wish to raise awareness of cyberbullying.
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One of the most touching aspects of Amanda's story is her concern for others -- even those who tortured her existance. And this has not gone unnoticed -- Christy Clark, the Premier of British Columbia, the Canadian province in which Amanda lived and died, has opened up the discussion of using the law to prevent cyberbullying. The issue is gaining momentum, as earlier this year Eerie County passed an anti-cyberbullying law following the death of another young victim of cyberbullying, Jamey Rodymeyer. Many other jurisdictions now have laws against cyberbullying, cyberharrassment, and cyberstalking.
Cyberbullies beware -- you may not get away with it forever. More and more jurisdictions are passing laws against cyberstalking, cyberharrassment, and cyberbullying. You may be contributing to someone's mental illness, drug or alcohol abuse if they self medicate to cope with the pain you are causing them, or even their death. While you may feel indifferent to that now, one day, it may haunt you or put you in jail.
This is how to behave properly online -- Ten Rules of Netiquette.