Teens Against Cyberbullying
It will come as no surprise to most parents that cyberbullying can be deadly. You may recall that Megan Meier, a St. Louis 13-year-old, took her own life because of an online hoax allegedly perpetrated by a disgruntled friend’s mother.
This week, that mother, Lori Drew, was indicted on charges of one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing protected computers without authorization to obtain information to inflict emotional distress on Megan Meier. If convicted, she faces 20 years in prison.
Megan’s family Is working closely with attorney Parry Aftab, the executive director of StopCyberbullying.org. (See our article, The Truth About MySpace.com which offers vital information for teens online.) They have organized a campaign to get a million children this year to sign the “Megan pledge” to end cyberbullying.
Your teens and tween can sign this pledge at www.stopcyberbullying.org/index2.html.