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You don't have to be a hero to save someone life. Just by taking part in bullying, you are helping to end this crime. Cyber bullying is an important problem in our society today because it is one of the leading problems to teenage suicide. The rate of suicides has been increasing since 2004, because of how advance our Social Networking has been improving. Cyber bullying may occur in several forms such as harassment, denigration, impersonation, outing, trickery, exclusion, and cyber stalking. Even though freedom of speech is guaranteed under the First Amendment, legislators ought to pass a law limiting the free speech of those who cyberbully because it may cause those affected to commit suicide.

Bullying has been a problem since mankind has been alive. Cyberbullying began when the Internet was developing. There was always that one person who would like to pick on others to make they feel better. Cyberbullying falls under the First amendment because people want to limit the speech of students or people who may offend others. The case that made people realize that cyberbullying was a big issue was United States v. Lori Drew. In this case a mother named Lori Drew, tormented and told a 13-year-old girl, Megan Meier, she was better off not in this world. Megan took this seriously and took her life on October 17, 2006. What made people furious was the fact that Lori Drew was not charged for anything. Lori Drew told reporters that she did not regret any part of it and she felt that it was not her fault that Megan committed suicide. Cyberbullying may affect anyone of different religion, ethnicity, sexuality and even gender.

Cyberbullying can negative effects on a person such as stress. Everyone has stress in their life; stress is not limited by age. A person can stress about anything; it could be the smallest thing in the world such as a back ache to a big issue such as your grandpa's death. Teens usually go through more stress than adults. They are trying to deal with grades, being accepted, and any other life issues of but a lot of their stress comes from dealing with the bullying that happens on campus. 40% of 15 - 17 year olds have had embarrassing or mean things said to them through the internet. 31% of 12-14 year olds have had embarrassing or mean things said to them through the internet. As you can see from these statistics a lot of teens get cyberbullied in their everyday life. They struggle to fit in with others, though the constant bullying does not help. Teens have trouble dealing with bullying because their brains are not fully developed. Teens are also exposed to a lot more cyberbullying than adults and kids are. Teens are eventually overwhelmed by the amount of stress they receive in their life and turn to an easier route: taking their own life.

Cyberbullying has been an increasing issue because of the many deaths it has caused. Due to the improvement of Social Networks, it is a lot easier to bully a person. Usually a person



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