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ERIC Number: EJ868486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct-1
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0192-592X
Fight Fire with Fire
Stroud, Sara
T.H.E. Journal, v36 n9 p29-30 Oct 2009
When Megan Meier hanged herself in 2006 after being the brunt of a MySpace prank, followed by the subsequent trial of the adult who participated in the 13-year-old girl's harassment, cyberbullying took its place in the eye of a media storm. All the ensuing attention has translated into increased concern among parents and a heightened awareness among educators. While state and federal lawmakers hash out details of cyberbullying prevention legislation, schools are working to tackle the problem on a smaller scale. The Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act, introduced in Congress earlier this year, would make cyberbullying punishable by fines and up to two years in prison. In Meier's home state of Missouri, cyberbullying is now a crime that can result in jail time, fines, or both. This article describes how school districts are turning the tables against cyberbullies, using technology to flush out and crack down on online harassment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Missouri; Ohio