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Jamie
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Cyberbullying – a growing concern in a connected society

by Scar de Courcier, assistant editor at Forensic Focus

Megan Meier was just twelve years old when the events began that would ultimately lead to her death. Like many teenagers, Megan had accounts on common social networks, including MySpace, where she first met “Josh Evans”. Ostensibly a sixteen-year old boy, “Josh” was actually an accumulation of Sarah, an old friend of Megan’s, Sarah’s mother, Lori Drew, and Ashley, a teenage employee of Drew’s. Megan and “Josh” became online friends, and her family were pleased that she seemed generally happier. However, on Monday, 16th of October, 2006, “Josh” sent a message to Megan stating that he no longer wished to continue their friendship. “The world would be a better place without you”, he claimed. Some of the private messages Megan had sent during the course of their online acquaintanceship were posted publicly, and defamatory bulletins were written about her and shared with other members of the site.

Shortly after the friendship came to an end, Megan was found hanged in her bedroom closet.

What moves people to do such things? How big a problem is cyberbullying? And what, if anything, can be done about it?

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Posted : 26/08/2013 8:52 pm
jhup
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What is bullying?

Is it defined as "recurring and deliberate abuse of power"?

When is something bullying and when is something cosseting?

What are the consequences of bullying?

What are the consequences of cosseting parents?

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Posted : 26/08/2013 11:04 pm
tolin
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Bullying, stalking, lying, abusing, and cheating. A few of the less desirable human behaviors that seems to escalate with the ”anonymity” and availability of the connected society. It seems to be much easier for people to hurt or destroy for others as long as they don’t need to physically see the consequences. I work in an environment that is highly competitive and where we have a few people with a lot of influence over a large amount of people, this is also an environment where lying and cheating, if done successfully may bring perks for a long time in the future. The environment itself and the changes to the environment in the near future and past is the main reason that we are putting money and effort into a forensics & e-discovery function within the organization even if we have nothing to do with law enforcement.

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Posted : 27/08/2013 11:58 am
jhup
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Bullying, stalking, lying, abusing, and cheating. […]

Bullying ≠ stalking, lying, abusing, and cheating

[…]seems to escalate[…]

But is it?

[…]environment where lying and cheating, if done successfully may bring perks for a long time in the future[…]

"The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" by William Shakespeare is mostly about lying, cheating and similar human behaviors.
Epimenedes writes "Cretans are always liars"
Claudius Ptolemy, Robert Millikan, Selman Waksman, Charles Ponzi, Han van Meegeren, Herodotus, Wilhelm Voigt, ad infinitum.

None had the Internet.

[…]seems to be much easier for people to hurt or destroy[…]

Or, seems to be much easier for people to (pretend to) be hurt or destroyed.

The environment itself and the changes to the environment in the near future and past is the main reason that we are putting money and effort into a forensics & e-discovery function within the organization even if we have nothing to do with law enforcement.

What do you mean by "environment"? The legal environment? The law enforcement environment? The emotional environment? The sensitivity to others environment?

What was the "speed of news" 100 years ago?
What was the "sphere of influence of news" 100 years ago?

There was no "good old times".

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Posted : 27/08/2013 7:51 pm
jaclaz
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There was no "good old times".

Oh yes, there were.
Those good ol' times were actually exactly like *any* time before, are exactly like the present and will be like *any* time after, but we were younger wink and we liked 'em.

Long before Shakespeare, and long even before the Greeks, Ecclesiastes 1-4-11

A generation goes, and a generation comes,
but the earth remains forever.

The sun rises, and the sun goes down,
and hastens to the place where it rises.

The wind blows to the south
and goes around to the north;
around and around goes the wind,
and on its circuits the wind returns.

All streams run to the sea,
but the sea is not full;
to the place where the streams flow,
there they flow again.

All things are full of weariness;
a man cannot utter it;
the eye is not satisfied with seeing,
nor the ear filled with hearing.

What has been is what will be,
and what has been done is what will be done,
and there is nothing new under the sun.

Is there a thing of which it is said,
“See, this is new”?
It has been already
in the ages before us.

There is no remembrance of former things,
nor will there be any remembrance
of later things yet to be among those who come after.

Now the sensibility to these matters, which is like sense of shame, or honour, is changing over the years, and it changes the way these events are perceived, but nothing more than that.

The internet (or in this case more specifically social networks) are just some means that can make easier for a bully to take advantage of someone who is weaker, physically, mentally or both.

Even "bully" itself is an old word
http//www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=bully

About "cyber" 😯 , see
http//www.forensicfocus.com/Forums/viewtopic/p=6562959/

jaclaz

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Posted : 27/08/2013 11:44 pm
Scar
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The internet (or in this case more specifically social networks) are just some means that can make easier for a bully to take advantage of someone who is weaker, physically, mentally or both.

True. But it seems (to me at least) that the internet isn't the same as just an expansion of what we already had, it's a whole new realm. New means of taking advantage of someone are created every time the victim enters a new room/school/workplace, but the internet has meant that all of the original means are expanded and built upon. It's not so much that the bully has learned to kick you in the shins as well as pulling your hair, it's that the bully has learned that (s)he can do that *all the time* as well, even when you're 'relaxing' at home. It's given people a means of expansion of power, not just of application, if that makes sense.

Even "bully" itself is an old word
http//www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=bully

About "cyber" 😯 , see
http//www.forensicfocus.com/Forums/viewtopic/p=6562959/

Interesting, thanks!

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Posted : 09/09/2013 3:12 am
C.R.S.
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About "cyber" 😯 , see
http//www.forensicfocus.com/Forums/viewtopic/p=6562959/

Or http//willusingtheprefixcybermakemelooklikeanidiot.com/

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Posted : 09/09/2013 4:56 am
jaclaz
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Or http//willusingtheprefixcybermakemelooklikeanidiot.com/

VERY nice! )

jaclaz

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Posted : 09/09/2013 4:35 pm
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