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In October 2006 Megan Taylor Meier 13-year-old Missouri girl committed suicide by hanging herself with the belt in her closet Cyber bullying was the attribution to her suicide Meier had a friendship with a 16-year-old boy named Josh Evans through MySpace the social networking website Meier was attracted by this boy They exchanged messages online but did not meet in reality Later Meier began receiving some offensive messages from Josh For example on October 15 2006 Josh sent the message I dont know if I want to be friends with you anymore because Ive heard that you are not very nice to your friends The final message Meier received from Josh that said This world would be better off without you and that evening Meier committed suicide The shocking news is that Josh Evans did not exist Josh Evans was just a fabricated account created by Lori Drew mom of Meiers former friend Drew created this account to see if Meier had been spreading gossip about her daughter or not Despite Drews cruel action there was no state charge against her until 2008The suicide of Megan Meier explodes many questions about cyber bullying What are the causes of this phenomenon Why are school children and teenagers usually the victims of this What are the effects of it on them What should people do to prevent their children from being harmed by this new type of bullying This essay will deal to answer above questions in order to help people ignore the cyber bullying and protect their children from this phenomenonCyber bullying is the use of informationand communicationtechnologies to support deliberate repeated and hostilebehaviour by an individual or group that is intended to harm others qtd in Bhat 54 In general cyber bullying involves the use ofvarious forms of digital communications which include e-mails social networking sites chat rooms blogs text messagesvia phones to send or post harmful or cruel text or image such that enlarges
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