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Cyber bullying involves being intentionally hurtful of other people through electronic communication. It can take place through a variety of digital means. The goal of cyber bullies is generally to intimidate the victim or damage her reputation. Cyber bullies may instigate or escalate arguments by text message or chat. They can send harassing emails. Some cyber bullies spread gossip or rumors on social networking sites or other websites. Identity theft is sometimes also involved in cyber bullying. Bullies pretend to be someone else and send or post material as that person. Some bullies pretend to befriend the victim in order to obtain private information which they then share publicly. Girls will often cyber bully through social exclusion. For example, one girl in a group might be ostracized and "unfriended" on social networking sites. In extreme cases, cyber bullying can turn into cyber stalking. These cases involve threats that can leave the victim feeling very fearful. Cyber bullying often escalates quickly and more severely than regular bullying because the perpetrators do not see the emotional toll that they take on the victim. Some bullies act anonymously, leaving even more room for cruelty behind an electronic veil. The Effects of Bullying on Your Child with Social Anxiety More About Cyber Bullying Sources: University of Massachusetts Medical School. Parent Guide to Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats. Accessed August 24, 2013.
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An attempt to end cyber-bullying in Albany County
BY STEVE PACER
ALBANY, N.Y. - Unlike most young adults, Kevin Collado avoids social networking web sites like facebook, because he says he's been a victim of cyber-bullying. The 23-year-old would rather not go online, sick and tired of repeatedly having to face the attacks.
"There's some nasty people out there that are continuously on you," Collado said. "So, I just try to avoid it and not use the computer and that's it."
If Albany County Legislator Brian Scavo has his way, cyber-bullying will soon be a misdemeanor, punishable by a $1,000 fine and possibly up to a year in a jail.
"This is something that needs to go national," Scavo said. "But, in the meantime, the Albany County Legislature needs to step up, and do something to protect the people of Albany County."
There are still some details to be worked out on local law F, as it's titled, like how to enforce the law and how to do it in a cost-effective way. Scavo says this is a serious issue that can't be ignored.
"What we're doing is trying to protect people and save lives," he said. "There's no partisan politics in this. It's all about helping people and saving lives.
Helping people, saving lives, and most importantly, giving cyber bullies a concrete reason to quit their online antics.
"People will think twice before they start doing things," said Collado.
Similar laws already exist in Rensselaer County and Suffolk County on Long Island. Albany County's Legislature is expected to vote on theirs sometime this fall.