CIS 324 Week 4 Discussion Board

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Megan Meier
thought she had made a new friend in cyberspace when a cute teenage boy named
Josh contacted her on MySpace and began exchanging messages with her. Megan, a
13-year-old who suffered from depression and attention deficit disorder,
corresponded with Josh for more than a month before he abruptly ended their
friendship, telling her he had heard she was cruel. The next day Megan committed
suicide. Her family learned later that Josh never actually existed; he was
created by members of a neighborhood family that included a former friend of
Megan's. Now Megan's parents hope the people who made the fraudulent profile on
the social networking Web site will be prosecuted, and they are seeking legal
changes to safeguard children on the Internet.*


Social
netwoking sites have been criticized for this incident and other incidents that
include online bullying and reputation defamation, often by other children. How
much responsibility do you feel these social networking sites have in these
incidents? How much responsibility do parents have (the parents of the victims
and the parents of the perpetrators). Should social networking sites be held
criminally libel for these types of incidents? What can be done to prevent these
types of incidents? In Megan's case, do you feel criminal charges are warranted
against the neighbor who pretended to be Josh? What laws do you feel might
apply?

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