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Say No to Cyberbullying and Get Out of a Low Mood

Cyberbullying has gained extensive attention in Taiwan after a female TV star ended her life as she could no longer endure the defamation and bullying on the Internet. The reasons that Internet encourages bullying behavior are: 1) cyberbullying is anonymous; and 2) the reaction of the victims cannot be observed immediately, so cyberbullying tends to become more aggressive than verbal attacks.
In October 2006, a 13-year-old girl named Megan Meier in Missouri became a victim of cyber bullying, and committed suicide. The case came under the investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and led to the materialization of the first state law on cyberbullying and cyberstalking in the USA, to protect children and adults from harassment in the cyber community. Nova Scotia in Canada also has laws to hold cyberbullies accountable and protect the victims. In England and the U.S., those cyberbullies who spread retaliative obscene photos on the Internet will be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment. Citizens are warned that spreading or forwarding false statements or rumors, cheating others, leaking personal information, or posting other persons’ photos which they do not wish to be posted, are all acts of Internet crime.