In a very tragic story on CNN, parents of a 13 year-old Missouri girl are alleging that a fake MySpace friend’s rejection drove the young girl to suicide.
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.
Do you think cyber bullying is a real problem? Do you have any experiences with it? Should more be done to stop it?