Parents, Students need Additional Education on Cyberbullying

Marion Herbert's picture
Thursday, May 24, 2012

Acting out of what the judge called "colossal insensitivity," former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Monday for spying on and invading the privacy of his roommate.

The roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide after Ravi intimidated him for being gay and used a webcam to spy on his date, along with encouraging others to spy, according to a recent ABC News article.

"I do not believe he hated Tyler Clementi," Judge Glenn Berman told the court. "He had no reason to, but I do believe he acted out of colossal insensitivity."

This incident has raised a multitude of questions and problems, many of which concern the issues of cyberbullying and harassment among youth.

As American life becomes more and more digitized, especially for young people, the threat and implications of cyberbullying become more and more real for both parents and children each day.

According to a New York Times article, cyberbullying can have more adverse effects than traditional physical bullying on the playground.

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