Should cyber bullying be a crime?
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It ties up the court system and costs too much money.
According to CBS news, more than 40% of teens have been cyber bullied. As my opponents has not given any specifics on what designates something as cyber bullying, we must assume that every case would lead to a hunt of the said cyber bully followed by a criminal case. We also have to assume that not all students admit to being cyber bullied. According to a census in 1999, there were 49 million elementary to high school students. With the population being higher, we can assume that there are more students now.
Here is some quick math:
49 million x .40=19,600,000
Even if a certain cyber bully takes on 10 students, we still have an extremely large number of people that would take money to track, and money to put on trial.
Though cyber bullying is in fact something that we have to worry about in this day and age, any legislation is impossible.
In order to elaborate on this, I will ask a question.
Has the drinking age and law acted as a deterrent on many teens?
You also go on to say that the cases would be the easiest to carry out especially in a place of law due to evidence, however, this obviously does not take into account the complexity of a computer. How would we be able to prove that it is a certain person doing the cyber bullying? There are a few reasons that would make it extremely hard, those being:
1. Proxy Servers. People could easily mask their IP address when cyber bullying, thus eliminating their location if doing it over forums.
2. Even if done over social networking, where names exist, and IP addresses are given, someone may have left their screen open at their house, and someone else got on. You could also get an enemy of yours convicted by hacking their account.
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Police can easily track chats, IM's, text messages and blog posts using the IP address and question the person who regularly uses that computer or cell phone like they do in all investigations. We have the technology to even track those who mask their IP addresses.
The suicide rates have increased for ages 10 to19 and cyber bullying is a big part of the problem. It is an issue we need to confront and get a firm grip of before it is too late.
The con uses The Cyber Bullying Research Center as a source, however this "research center" is composed of two college graduates and a small control group. The Pro never gave the original percentile of the suicide rate among those who are bullied so the percentile is left unanswered and irrelevant. It could be .001 percent to .002 percent.
Police would need search warrants to check these computers which would also tie up the police, and Pro never gave a source that we have the technology to find these masked IPs and even if we do, to hire the professionals, it would cost more money.
Pro never showed a source that the suicide rates are mainly attributed to Cyber Bullying.
Pro never proved that a law would be a deterrent. Pro never contested what would happen when someone was hacked or when multiple people in a household used the same computer.Pro never contested that it would cost so much to try so many in court.
Thank you, vote con
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Vote Placed by boredinclass 5 years ago
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