Cyberbullying and Sexting Have Greater Consequences Than Expected

By Alexa Cline, Senior and McKenzie Goetsch, Sophomore

     Being the first generation to grow up with technology at their disposal, the children of today are facing an entirely different set of challenges than anyone before them. Cyberbullying and sexting are only some of the technology issues that plague the world today. To put this in perspective, 95% of teenagers that are on a social media network have witnessed cyberbullying but only 5% of these teens attempt to help or report it. Did you also know 57% of teens have been asked for inappropriate pictures, and 30% of all teenagers have sent them?
      On Monday, November 24th, Bobby Truhe, the school’s attorney from Harding & Schultz, came to Pawnee City to inform students, faculty, and parents about the dangers and consequences of inappropriate digital usage.
     Mr. Truhe informed students, faculty and parents about the Nebraska law. The law states that sexting is a class IV felony for offenders under the age of 19, punishable by up to 5 years in prison, and/or a $10,000 fine and they are required to register as sex offender. This Law does not have reduced charges for minors. Nebraska currently does not have a specific cyberbullying law, but students have been charged with Terroristic Threats which is also a Class IV Felony.
     The majority of those in attendance already knew there would be great repercussions for such actions, but not just how severe they could be. Most of the students were surprised to learn that if someone gets caught sexting or cyberbullying, they will be charged because it is a felony. Needless to say, hearing about several court cases and learning more and more about the laws and their consequences, has permanently altered many of the students’ perspectives. 

For more information click on this link for the Powerpoint presented by Bobby Truhe.

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