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Internet Harassment Is Against the Law in Missouri

Have You Ever Been Cyber Bullied?

As much as I love the Internet, I'm aware of what a dangerous place it can be since it seems that anonymity can bring out the worst in people. An example of this saddening fact is the story of a 13-year-old Missouri girl who committed suicide after being the victim of cyber bullying on MySpace. The case, which is being tried in a California federal court, has prompted Missouri Governor Matt Blunt to sign a bill that makes Internet harassment against the law.

Previously, harassment laws stated communication had to be written (as in snail mail), or over the telephone. But Monday, the new law took effect includes harassment via text, email, and other electronic devices.

I've never experienced virtual harassment myself, but I'm sure it's not uncommon. Have you ever been a victim of cyber bullying?

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woolieshepherd woolieshepherd 7 years
I've been cyber-harassed for years. Not in chat rooms but by signing me up for things like lipo-suction, cosmetic-surgery, Hillbilly Wife magazine, "get your GED"... things of that nature. These companies call my home, I get mailings with some sort of bastardization of my name like "lahore". It's disturbing. I know who is doing it, but since there is no direct email link or text messages, etc. - there is nothing I can do to really trace it back to her. She even paid for one of those personal profile things you can buy online and now knows my family member's names. She used to call here with a blocked ID. So we blocked calls like that so she can't get through. She dated my husband 18 years ago... one date. Now she lives in this delusional life that is scary and sick. She went on to get married, but named her 1st born son after my husband. My husband and I are happily married for 4 years and have been together for a decade more than that. Lately the incidence of these harassing contacts has increased. Sometimes I fear she will go from cyber to real life harassing. Or worse. She lives in another state so - and luckily far enough away so at least it's not likely she'll just get in her car and drive here. I have a business online, so I can't just change my email or my website. I have to be out there. It just makes it so easy for her to keep tabs. It's just really scary sometimes what crazy people might do.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 7 years
In my senior year of high school, there was a guy that got a hold of information (*phone numbers, home addresses, parents names, sibling's names...*) of me and about 20 other girls. He would post our pictures on Xanga and sort of advertise us for sex, and he'd be like "if you want to have a good time, call this girl...she lives at..." Those were the scariest times! We'd be getting random phone calls in the middle of the night, my email was always filled with messages from pervs, and there were even a few times where someone would ring the doorbell and run away just before I opened the door. All of the girls filed a complaint to several police stations, and they never even did anything about it. Luckily we found out who it was and he stopped, but he never got any punishment for it.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 7 years
I wasn't bullied but aggrevated by a certain memeber of this site for a while but she was eventually banned for all the drama she tried to create with quite a number of other veteran members
Ryot Ryot 7 years
I don't think it's possible to be a woman participating in tech or game forums and not experience some amount of bullying or sexual harassment. I had more than enough of the bullying in middle and high school, so when I started spending a lot of time online in college, I wasn't about to take any more crap. Sometimes though, it's best to remember that the guys who make the worst comments are all 15 years old and afraid of girls. ;)
neko neko 7 years
I've experienced unpleasant people who were just nasty to everyone online. Online bullying doesn't bother me as much as real life bullying, but it could just be because I have experience with one and not the other.
marianmerritt marianmerritt 7 years
I'm a little too old to have been cyberbullied by peers but I've received my share of online nastiness. I can certainly remember the old-fashioned kind of school bullying but what makes cyberbullying so much worse (and you see this in some of the other comments here) is it's permanent, 24/7 and easily leads to cyberstalking and harassment. Parents need to get a clue - this is not "normal" behavior that goes away or should be ignored. I urge parents to learn more about this, to recognize signs of cyberbullying in your children, to know that your child is likely a victim, a bully and a bystander at various times. 1 in 4 teens ADMIT to being a bully; 43% of kids say they've been victimized but no one will talk to their parents about it. Please visit my website to learn more about this, and to start The Talk with your teens. We need to bring this darkness out into the light where it will (hopefully) die. Marian Merritt, Symantec/Internet Safety Advocate www.norton.com/familyresource
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 7 years
i think i missed this demographic of typical cyberbullies
TsuKata TsuKata 7 years
It's funny...just like ten minutes ago, I was dealing with a cyberbully over on YouTube (which seems to be full of them). I have a video over there showing day-by-day pictures of the transition of my mouth during braces, and there's tons of people who see that kind of thing and just want to rip on you for the hell of it. ::shrug:: It's what the block button and remove button were made for, though. :)
ChicBookFiend ChicBookFiend 7 years
Not really bullied, but I have been the victim of flame wars in message boards and people sending rude comments on my Amazon.com review page. But that kind of thing doesn't really bother me. I mean... if the person has nothing better to do than vent his or her nastiness to a complete stranger, then that is his/her problem, not mine.
Tech Tech 7 years
Aww, for my girls who have experienced cyber bullying: I'm so sorry! gemsera, chicobo, poizen: all those accounts sound awful. Glad you made it out and feel comfortable here! :)
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
I am just so glad I'm old enough not to be an adolescent in the age of cyberbullying.
gemsera gemsera 7 years
oh and forget about putting happy holiday snaps online, or publishing your email address anywhere.... GRRR. maybe I'll move to missouri :)
gemsera gemsera 7 years
I spent 5 years of my life running from real life/cyber bullies. they would literally follow me everywhere and ensure i couldnt get a job/keep friends/keep a blog or basically do anything online, id constantly get random emails saying i was going to die, threatening phone calls about how my neck was going to get sliced and my car torched, etc... and no, the police were not willing to do anything in any of these cases. it was horrible, and i'm just thanking god now that I'm halfway around the world... mind you, ive had to up and leave home over 30 times in 5 years and now I can't see my little baby brother grow up... *sigh* There needs to be more laws against this and other threatening behaviour. just because someone isnt holding a gun to your head doesnt mean they cant ruin your life.
chicobo chicobo 7 years
I got bullied on my Xanga before. A long comment saying how ugly I was and stupid. When I looked at their profile, it was just an empty Xanga blog. How rude and totally uncalled for.
syako syako 7 years
I wouldn't call it bullied per se, but I have experienced very unfriendly blogs where certain "anonymous" commenters pick random users with actual screen names and say rude/bullying things every time that user posts or comments. Not fun at all. In fact, I don't ever really post there anymore. --- and that's why I love Sugar land, there's accountability, no "anonymous" accounts, and TeamSugar to give the boot if she so feels the need. :P
poizenisxkandee poizenisxkandee 7 years
oh man in middle school i did my thing regardless of everyone else...which led to a lot of teasing. i was always weird or whatever. so these girls at my school made screennames and pretended to be other people and would just make fun of me and ask me questions that were absurd. one girl, who years later became one of my good friends, even made a screenname of "iHate[myLastName]" and decided to talk to me from it, continuing to call me names and such. way to be mature. i will admit at first i would get upset and cry, but i later grew above it and was happy i was confident enough to do my thing and not have to tear other people down.
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