Saturday, January 22, 2011

Cyber-bullying

Cyber-bullying is one of the most popular story in the media today.

According to Wikipedia, Cyber-bullying is "the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by individual or group, that intended to harm others".

As it has become more common in society, particularly among young people, legislation and awareness campaigns have arisen to combat Cyber-bullying.

Please find below an article about Cyber-bullying Court Sentence in the United Stated that I have read on Legal Blog Watch.


This week, 20 year-old Matthew Riskin Bean was sentenced to 45 days for cyberbullying, following his involvement with a group of anonymous Web users who tried to induce a teen to commit suicide.

The victim in this case posted nude pictures of himself on the Internet when he was 12 or 13. This wasn’t the smartest thing to do, but then again, 12- and 13 year-olds aren’t always known for being especially savvy.

A few years later, Bean discovered comments about the photo on an online imageboard, and he e-mailed the images to the teenager’s school, claiming to be a “concerned mother“ of another boy at the school, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

U.S. District Judge Anita Brody described Bean’s crime as “extremely malicious” and said, “You have to be blind to what's going on in this world not to know the effect of cyberbullying on present-day society."

As the ABA Journal notes, Bean could have been sentenced to five years in prison if had been charged with distributing child pornography.

Instead, he got off easy with only a 45-day sentence and five years of probation.
Even so, a few minutes of bad decisions could haunt Bean for the rest of his life. I wonder what potential employers will think of him when he has to disclose on job applications that he has been convicted of a crime.

Side note: A defense attorney apparently requested an alternative placement for Bean on the grounds that his client’s young age and his small size -- he stands 5-feet-4-inches tall and weighs 110 pounds -- would make Bean a target for abuse. What goes around comes around …

Image :  Courtesy of Peduli Cyber Bullying

20 comments:

Bear Wife said...

Multibrand...

really dunno wat to say.

Though the victim deserves to be
pitied...posting something so
private on the web....well that
really calls for trouble

H. Nizam said...

Hi Bear Wife,
Cyber Bullying especially against underage children has an effect that is no different from real live violence against them.

Furree Katt said...

wow, it's terrible what cyber bullies can do!
sometimes it makes me wonder what makes an individual so frustrated that he/she goes around terrorizing others online rather than doing something constructive and useful with their internet skills.

DS. Utomo said...

Cyberbullying is a serious problem and continues to grow as the years go on. I think that schools should start to implementing programs to face this epidemic.

Jolly Princess said...

Yes... Whatever a man sows he will reap.

This Bean guy has a serious problem within himself. I guess he needs a psychiatrist after he serves his 45 day sentence.

Cyber bullying is rampant. Parents should be aware of what their children are surfing over the net.

H. Nizam said...

@Furree Katt,
Yes cyber bullies are terrible. Diffic ult to understand why they are doing those things.

@Pak Utomo,
I agree with you Pak, schools should
make efforts to make students aware that this is bad.

@JP,
Yes, parents should know what their kids are doing on the net.

colson said...

Like bullying at school and in the work place, cyberbullying is becoming a plague. The perpetrators in my opinion have a serious mental and/or personality problem.

This case apparently is one of the worst. Yet I am not so sure criminal law is the right answer. After one and a half month the guy will be free and still be mentally 'confused'. Or his mental state will be worse because prisons are not the best environment to recover.

Shouldn't psychiatric treatment have been in place in stead?

H. Nizam said...

Hi Colson,
I agree with you that the guy should be given psychiatric treatment plus a probation for certain period of time. But it depends on the effect of bullying, if it really caused suicide like in the news, perhaps the sentence would very different.

Meutia Halida Khairani said...

umm cyber-bullying.. i read some article 'bout this matters. maybe for us 'adult', maybe it won't impact to much or we can do some counterattack. but for teenage? i also watched a japanese movie how they're doing cyber-bullying in japan. pathetic..

umihoney said...

Assalamualaikum Harry,
Parents have a big role to play in this matter. The professionals like teachers can only do so much coz most of cyber-bullying is perpetrated away from school.There's a grey area as to the extent of their scope outside school.

Children/teenagers should be taught what bullying/cyberbullying is. Instill in them respect and common decency when interacting with others on or offline before they become bullies. Victims should always inform their parents when they are being bullied or stalked on or offline. Parents should inform the social site provider and in cases of school mates inform the school.

Most importantly parents should empower their children against bullies on or offline. What to do when faced with bullies. They should not be left alone to face the humiliating rumours and taunts. Death at the hands of bullies is indeed tragic for the bereaved family..for not knowing in time to help the child etc...sad :(

Jonaflormicfren said...

thanks for share, http://learner-spot.blogspot.com/2010/09/role-of-teacher.html

H. Nizam said...

@Meutia,
Yes, cyber-bully would have more harmful impact on teenagers compared to adults.

@Umihoney,
Allaikumssalam Umi.
You are right that parents should have close relationship with their children/teenagers and inform them about cyber bully so that they would be aware about it and know how to deal with it. Besides, it might also prevent them from doing it to others.

@Jonaflormicfren,
Thank you for your visit, comment and following my blog on GFC. I'll follow back.

Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

That is something younger people have to learn. Not just images, but comments could come back to bite them on the proverbial backside too!

H. Nizam said...

Hi Peter/Kiwi,
Yes younger people esp. underage children should learn how to communicate online, and parents should keep an eye on them.

Kira Permunian said...

I am on agreement with the Pope that we are now experiencing "educational emergency".

The web, instead of being source of learning and communication, it begun to be the source of crime and worst even death.

TUKANG CoLoNG said...

dapat ilmu baruuuu (:

r10 said...

cyber bullying sungguh kejahatan yg mengkhawatirkan, biasanya penjahat melakukan "mind games" untuk mempengaruhi korbannya

H. Nizam said...

@Kira Pemurnian,
Let us see the bright side of it, FB has so much good things to offer, and only very few bad things.
Like everything in life there would always be good and bad right ?

@TUKANG CoLoNG,
Ini ilmu baru juga rupoanya.

@R10,
Mungkin 'mind games' istilah yang tepat.

Jopeth Dave Frank O. Danio said...

thanks for share

mark said...

you can be jailed for trolling?!
hehe!
don't post private things on the net to avoid being bullied...