E-scams, child pornography, identity theft, cyber stalking and bullying, spamming, Malware, fraud, and computer hacking are types of internet crimes. These crimes are certainly on the rise. The general public relies heavily on technology, resorting to pen and paper is just so primitive; all of our information is uploaded, downloaded, and saved on computer systems. Most work is done with the use of computers; when the computers go down is compromises the work itself because employees were simply not trained to handle a situation of such decaying fortitude.
In January of 2010, a story made national headlines as a 15 year old girl named Phoebe Prince hung herself as a direct result of cyber bullying she endured. Phoebe Prince was a very beautiful young high school Sophomore. What lit the match for the ‘Mean girls of Hadley High School'? Phoebe Prince's crime against her fellow female schoolmates: “briefly dating a popular senior football player in her first freshman weeks at the school” (Kennedy, 2010) Her punishment for being a traitor was constant hazing in the school hallways, on social networking sites such as: Facebook, Craigslist, Twitter, and Formspring, and one girl went as fair as throwing a unopened can of Red Bull at Prince. The worsening torment became too much for Prince and on January 24, 2010 she ended up taking her own life. The tormentors did not stop there, [h]er tormentors posted vicious comments on the dead girl\'s Facebook memorial page” (Kennedy, 2010).
[...] Lastly, as parents we must also remind our children to be open about cyber bullying. schoolyard bullies beat you up and then go home, [but] [t]he cyberbullies beat you up at home, at grandma's house, whereever [sic] you're connected to technology” (De Nies, Donaldson-James, and Netter, 2010) You as a parent know you child more than anyone does, look for changes in mood or behavior more than just the normal teenage blues. of the cyberbullies are ‘mean girls' that target young teenagers through e-mail and social media sites. [...]
[...] Most secure websites ask if you would like to save your information, such as your log in or you password, if using a public computer opt out of saving your information. Do not open any suspicious emails, links, or downloads. These emails, links, and downloads can contain computer viruses and Malware which can be very harmful to your computer. Malware can also steal your personal information which aids in fraud. If you believe you have come across a suspicious link, email, or download, you can report this information to the IC3 website at the following web address: http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx. [...]
[...] Nikki's gruesome pictures have been used as scare tactics for reckless driving for other teenage drivers. The Catsouras family sued the California Highway Patrol. The Catsouras case has become a landmark for privacy violation court cases. The Catsouras case was dismissed. Catsouras' are awaiting an appeal years after the ordeal. How can the law protect innocent family members, if they are the ones who are abusing the system? Closing Arguments Nikki Catsouras' parents experienced firsthand that devastation of the death of a child. [...]
[...] (2010). Phoebe Prince, South Hadley High School's girl' driven to suicide by teenage cyber bullies. Retrieved on March from http://articles.nydailynews.com/2010-03-29/news/27060348_1_facebook- town-hall-meetings-school-library. Muraskin, R., & Roberts. A.R. (2009). Visions for change: Crime and justice in the twenty-first century (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall. United States Department of Justice, The. (1996). Computer Crime. Retrieved on March from http://www.cybercrime.gov/1030analysis.html. [...]
[...] Where is it specified what can and cannot be placed on the internet? What comes to mind is a story I read about on the internet sometime in January 2008. The story and the horrific images stuck with me. The story is about a girl, Nikki Catsouras. Halloween night of 2006 she took her father's Porsche for a joy drive. Nikki was speeding at an estimated 100 MPH. Nikki lost control of the car and slammed into a concrete toll booth, killing her instantly. [...]
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