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AaliyahBaby
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cyberbullying should be a criminal offence

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Started: 12/1/2010 Category: Politics
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Voting Period
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blondebrunette101

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AFF Case
More than 13 million kids were victims of cyber bullying this last year. 1/3 of all teens have had mean, threatening or embarrassing things said about them online. 10 percent were threatened with physical harm. 16 percent of these teens told no one. 30 percent told their parents but there was nothing their parents could do. 8 percent committed suicide.
Resolved: Cyber bullying should be a criminal offense
Cyber bullying: someone willfully and repeatedly harasses, mistreats, makes fun of, through the use of the computers, cell phones and other electronic devices.
Criminal offense: an act punishable by law, usually considered an evil act.
My partner and I are in firm affirmation of this resolution for 3 reasons: It can result in suicide, it can be considered a hate crime, it may be considered as a form of harassment of personal privacy.
First, suicide is the fourth leading cause of death of teens in the US. Bullying is the number one cause of suicide in teens in the United States. Bullying is the same whether using harmful words online or spoken in person. Thousands of teenagers commit suicide each year. Phoebe Prince was cyber bullied by nine teens that constantly harassed her by writing derogatory remarks and posting degrading photos of her on the internet. It escalated to the point where the teens confronted Phoebe in person and physically abused her and raped her. Phoebe's parents knew that this harassment on line was happening and they tried to help by talking to the school, yet the teens did not stop harassing Phoebe. On January 14th, 2010, Phoebe hung herself in her room. If there was a law against harassment like "Cyber Bulling", then those in authority could act before the harassment escalates to physical abuse and rape. Phoebe's life could have been saved if this had been stopped at cyber bullying. Let's save lives.
Second, cyber bullying should be considered a hate crime. Hate crime, as described by the US Legal Department web site, is "one that involves threats, harassment, or physical harm, and is motivated by prejudice against someone's race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sex, or physical or mental disability". When someone cyber bullies they don't target any random person for no reason, they bully someone because of hate or have prejudice towards them. Harassment, as described by US Legal Department, is the act of systematic and/or continued unwanted and annoying actions of one party or a group, including threats and demands. They can just hate the person, their race, their religion, whatever! Females are more likely to be cyber bullied then males are, according to the research done by the "Cyber Bulling Research Organization. There are laws against hate crimes of which you can be put in jail for up to 15 years for committing the crime. Cyber bullies are harassing because of prejudice and hate; therefore, they should be getting the same consequence as any others who commit hate crimes.
Third, cyber bulling is harassment by invading someone's personal privacy. When someone posts or sends degrading pictures or comments of someone, they are invading that person's personal privacy and is against the law. Personal privacy is protected in the Declaration of Human rights, the international covenant on Civil and political rights. Personal Privacy, is the ability of an individual or group to seclude themselves or information about themselves and thereby reveal themselves selectively. Bullying online is in fact harassment, because it is unwanted by the victim and can be threatening towards the victim.
In conclusion cyber bullying is very real and very harmful. It threatens thousands of kids and teens each year and causes some teens to commit suicide. Let's stop cyber bullying before it gets to the point of physical abuse. I and my partner are in firm affirmation of this resolution because It can result in suicide, it can be considered a hate crime, and it may be considered a form of harassment of personal privacy.
AaliyahBaby

Con

I understand that this happen and it's bad.
But alot of peopel that get bullied online don't report it so how do they expect people to help them x
Debate Round No. 1
blondebrunette101

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blondebrunette101 forfeited this round.
AaliyahBaby

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AaliyahBaby forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
blondebrunette101

Pro

Thanks for joing this debate. Sorry i didnt respond back i was at a 2 day debate tournament...
First i am going to go over my opponents arguments and then back over mine.
1. my opponent said that it happens and that its bad. I 100% agree with her. like i said earlier 13 million teens a year are cyber bullied online in a harmfull and harassing way, and 8 percent of those commit suicide each year. Since cyber bullying is so bad and my opponent did say it was bad shouldnt we do something to stop it. Cyber bullying is hurting so many people each year. Cyber bullying should be a criminal offense
2. Her second point was that alot of people that get bullied online dont report it how do they expect pepople to help them. The cyber bully research center did a survey on this. One of the questions they asked was if you had been cyber bullied and didnt tell anyone because you were too scared and or nothing could be done about it. 58% said yes to this question, therefore if cyberbullying was a criminal offence those 58 percent would speek out. 1 because they wouldnt be scared anymore if the bully was getting in trouble. 2 there would be something that could actually be done. 3 they would not feel alone which would decrease the suicide rates also.
My points:
First, suicide is the fourth leading casue of death of teens in the US. Bullying is the number one cause of suicide in teens in the US. Thousands of teens each year commit suicide because of cyber bullying each year. If there was a law against harassment like "Cyber Bulling", then those in authority could act before the harassment escalates to physical abuse and rape. Like i stated earlyier if cyber bullying was a criminal offense more people would tell about it, which would lower the suicide rates.
Second, cyber bullying should be a hate crime.Cyber bullies are harassing because of prejudice and hate; therefore, they should be getting the same consequence as any others who commit hate crimes.
Third, cyber bullying is harassment by invading someones personal privacy, which is against the law. Personal privacy is protected in the Declaration of Human rights, the international covenant on Civil and political rights.Bullying online is in fact harassment, because it is unwanted by the victim and can be threatening towards the victim.
AaliyahBaby

Con

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by tatm3k 5 years ago
tatm3k
Seems Legit.
Posted by blondebrunette101 6 years ago
blondebrunette101
lightkeeper: this is my pf resolution for this month i am just trying it out on here thanks for that website though
Posted by Lightkeeper 6 years ago
Lightkeeper
blondebrunette101:

You ARE aware that cyberbullying is already a crime, right? http://le.utah.gov...

The above link points to the offence of Stalking in the Crminal Code in your (Utah) jurisdiction. It includes cyberbullying.
Posted by sherlockmethod 6 years ago
sherlockmethod
I just took a debate on this subject so I will pass. Good luck.
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Reasons for voting decision: people online truly suck most of the time
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