The Pros And Cons Of Online Harassment

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“A new survey of 4,248 U.S. adults finds that 41% of Americans have been personally subjected to harassing behavior online” (Duggan, 2017). Online harassment and bullying can consist of offensive name calling, purposeful embarrassment, stalking, physical threats, and sexual harassment. What does online harassment look like? How prevalent is it? And, what can be done about it? What does online harassment look like? “In 2006, 14-year-old Megan Meier began chatting on Myspace with a boy named Josh Evans. Meier, who suffered from depression, was excited that an older boy was talking to her. But soon Evans started sending messages that said he didn't consider her a friend. These escalated to calling her "slut" and eventually writing, "The world would be a better place without you." Sadly, Meier hanged herself. Afterward, it came to light that was no "Josh Evans." The account had been created by a former friend of Meier's who lived on her street, with help from her mother, Lori Drew” (Hoyt, 2015). Preying on someone in a way that you know would bother them. “Jessica (Jesse) Logan, was a petite, blond-haired, blue-eyed Ohio high school senior who committed suicide after sexting a nude photo of herself to her boyfriend. When they broke up, he sent the photo to everyone else at her school. Jesse was cruelly harassed for months by the other girls at her school, who called her a slut and a whore. When Jessie’s grades dropped, she started skipping school and when she did go to school,

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