The article linked above discusses two girls, ages 11 and 12, who face charges of first-degree computer trespassing and cyberstalking after using a classmate’s (and former friend’s) password to log into her Facebook account and defacing her page. These girls defaced the victim’s photos, installed sexually explicit photos and messages on her page, sent inappropriate messages to the girls friends, family members, and classmates, and even instant-messaged random individuals to arrange sex acts. If charged, the two girls face up to 30 days in a juvenile detention center and community service hours. I believe that they absolutely deserve it! This behavior is cruel and disgusting and not only do they need to be made an example of, but they need to suffer the consequences for their actions. These girls need to learn that using the internet comes with responsibility. What you post online will not only be available for the world to see, but will not go away easily. They need to understand the weight of their actions. What they did to Leslie Cote’s Facebook page not only affected Leslie, but her family, friends, the kids they sent the inappropriate messages to, and themselves as well. Also, what they did could also be incredibly dangerous as they instant messaged random individuals to arrange sex acts! This exposes Leslie to possibly harmful individuals. I hope that these girls do receive the maximum sentencing and that they learn from their mistakes.
Murphy-Raines, Heather. Tween Girls Charged With Cyberstalking Friend on Facebook. Retrieved from http://thestir.cafemom.com/in_the_news/120161/tween_girls_charged_with_cyberstalking.