Social Justice and Cyberbullying
Cyberbullyingis increasing among teens and young adults.
Cyberbullying of any form is a crime, for it has negativeconsequences on the victim including suicide or loss of dignity inthe society or school. The individuals who have fallen target of thisact have been affected in one way or another either physically orpsychologically. These actions lower one’s self-esteem, ruin theirintegrity, cause embarrassment, or it can torment thempsychologically(Butler, Kift and Campbell 85). It canalso create enmity among individuals within a group or cycle, thusaffecting the social relationship on a very large scale.
Legal systems should be held accountable for punishing theseoffenders for they have more authority over the parents or the schooladministrations. It has been established that schools and parents donot have the required capacity to punish them(Butler, Kift and Campbell 85). Theschool policies have been designed in such a way that their powersare limited within the school, and not beyond its boundary walls.Schools known to punish offenders out of school have been accused ofextending authority beyond their jurisdictions ("STOPCyberbullying: What Is Cyberbullying, Exactly?"). The parents,on the other hand, have become too busy with work and runningbusinesses. The children are mostly left under the care of nannieswho do not have the right to punish them even when they do wrong.Others parents are very lenient and rarely do they punish their kidsregardless the type of offenses they commit.
The legal systems are the best fit for punishing these offenders fora number of reasons. First, they can be tracked using advanced legaltechnologies to establish what they do and whom their targets are.Once found, the legal entities have all the rights to either closetheir ISP or IM accounts to prevent further attacks on the victims ofcyberbullying, for these individuals use these accounts to bridgeinto one’s privacy ("STOP Cyberbullying: What IsCyberbullying, Exactly?"). Closing ISP or IM will also ensurethat they no longer access internet services, where they commitcyber-crimes.
Second, the legal system has the right to convict the offender withinany location, including their homes once there is sufficient evidencethat they are involved in the activity, something that is beyond mostschools or parents. They have the jurisdictions to investigate and tointerrogate the victims of cyberbullying to establish the motive ofthe offender. Third, the punishment granted to the offender isadequate to correct their behavior(Butler, Kift and Campbell 91). It can beas serious as serving jail term or probation or getting involved incommunity service depending on the intensity of the crime committed.In addition, the legal entities have the ability to monitor theoffender even after the punishment. It has been established thatoffenders punished by legal entities are less likely to continue withcyberbullying after they have finished their punishment(Butler, Kift and Campbell 92).
The law does not have limits of who the offender is, in terms of age,background or gender. The schools and parents are limited to handingkids who carry out cyberbullying activities. On the other hand, thelaw can investigate or convict anyone regardless of their socialbackground, age or gender(Butler, Kift and Campbell 93). Thatmakes it possible to easily eradicate these social crimes that arecarried out online, or through mobile phones. The legal systems alsoensure that the victims of cyberbullying are compensated in one wayor the other depending on the intensity of the crime committed(Butler, Kift and Campbell 95). That waythey feel that justice has been served to them legally.
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