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This year saw the tragic story of Amanda Todd hitting headlines around the world. Todd, 15, had been cyberbullied extensively stemming from an incident during a video chat when she was in grade 7 and had been convinced by a fellow chatter to expose her chest. A picture was taken. The individual then told Todd the picture would be shown to her friends unless she gave a 'show'. Needless to say, the image began to crop up online. Todd and her family moved schools and neighbourhoods. A year later, the individual created a dummy Facebook account using the topless image as the profile picture, adding all of Todd's classmates as friends. Following a real-life incident (and apparently some experimentation with drink and drugs) Todd attempted suicide by drinking bleach. It wasn't the last attempted suicide. In September 2012, Todd gained notoriety for her incredibly brave and raw YouTube video, (My Story: Struggling, bullying, suicide and self harm) which showed the still young girl using series of flash cards to tell of her experiences being bullied. Just over a month later the video had received 1,600,000 views. On October 10, 2012, Todd hanged herself at her home. It is an incredibly sad and extreme situation, thankfully rare in its reach and depth but a warning nonetheless. My daughter and I have talked about it a lot.
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This is a famous case of a teenager named Ghyslain Raza who was a victim of cyber bullying. The Canadian teen made a video of himself swinging a golf ball retriever as a lightsaber as he pretended to be Star Wars character Darth Maul. The video was filmed at his high school studio, and the tape left in a basement. Classmates found the tape and uploaded it onto the internet under the headline JackassStarwarsfunny
Within weeks Raza’s video became one of the most downloaded video clips ever, earning him the nickname of the Star Wars Kid. Unfortunately for Ghyslain Raza, the video clip was not a flattering one, showing his lack of athletic skill and his portly figure. Raza was ridiculed and humiliated to the point that he dropped out of school and underwent psychiatric care.
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One of the first cases of a cyberbullying convicted in the UK can be found here: www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/aug/21/facebook-bullying-sentence-teenage-girl and www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1208147/First-cyberbully-jailed-Facebook-death-threats.html