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Introduction

  In the contemporary society majority of us are dependent upon technology in every aspect of life. Technology is being used at home in schools as well at work by almost every living individual. Moreover, the age does not matter at all since we find young children with phones and computers at homes. Increasing use of technology as a media of communication by people in the country and approximately at every place has created opportunities for many cyber crimes such as cyber- bullying (Johnson, 2013). However cyber bullying today is treated as a serious offense unlike in the past when it was not taken seriously by the justice system.

Cyber-Bullying

  In the past technology was not as advanced as it is today and therefore very few people had access to social networking. Additionally, only a few people had the privilege to own a mobile phone or a computer. However with advancement in technology, almost everyone is allowed to possess a technical device. Therefore the number of people using social networks range from the young and old as well as criminals from across the globe. Today cyber bullying alongside other online offenses are taken seriously and are treated as punishable crimes by the law unlike in the past.

Megan Meier Case

  In the year 2006, Megan became a victim of cyber bullying where a parent to her friend pretended to a young boy and befriended her on social networks. However later on the offender, Lori Drew used the same social network into bullying Megan, which led to her committing suicide. At that time the federal law had no legislation against cyber bullying or a protection act. Lori, therefore, did not have to be charged with a serious offense since she was only to serve a three-year sentence which she did not at all serve. However, as opposed to past legislative measures in 2009 federal law had established a bill meant to protect people from bullying on networks. The bill known as the Megan Meier cyber bullying prevention act has influenced most nations to implement changes intended to address the cyber bullying issue. According to the current state laws, Lori Drew would be charged with a serious offense of bullying and harassment by the use of electronic communication. Lori would be sentenced to confinement for five years which she would be made sure, unlike the three years she never attended to in prison.

Conclusion

 In the past where technology was only limited to a few people cyber offenses were also limited and as a result, there were no legislative measures designed to prevent the crimes. Nevertheless today most states have developed acts and preventive measures to guard against internet crimes such as bullying and fraud among others. Therefore as opposed to past prosecution of the cyber offender like Lori today she would be facing a long time in prison paying for her violation of the prevention act against cyber bullying as well as instigating a murder of a young girl (Harasymiw, 2013).



References:

Harasymiw, T. (2013). Cyberbullying and the Law. New York, NY: Rosen Central.


Johnson, M. (2013). Cybercrime, Security and Digital Intelligence.


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