Global National News, 16 Year Old Impersonates a Toronto Teen on Facebook

Global Television, Toronto

A sixteen-year-old has been charged in Toronto with 2 counts of impersonation. The 16 year old student allegedly set up a Facebook account using a false identity and sent disparaging remarks to the friends of the victim. He apparently carried this on for 11 months.

As an anti-bullying advocate, I was requested by Global News to comment as part of the story which aired Friday night. I was asked if I felt it was reasonable for a 16 year old to be charged with such a crime. I remarked that a 16 year-old must take responsibility for his actions. When asked about cyber-bullying, I commented that as a society we all have a responsibility to help our youth stay safe on-line. www.Reppler.com is one web site where an individual can manage their on-line identity.

For more information on cyberbullying safety visit www.brucelangford.ca

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3 responses to “Global National News, 16 Year Old Impersonates a Toronto Teen on Facebook

  1. Excellent blog post!

  2. Thanks for your comment. There are certainly a lot of pressures for teens and social networking is only one of them. Luckily, the majority of teens are not experiencing cyber-bullying to the extent discussed in the news article about the 16 year old boy.

  3. Teenagers really do need to take responsibility. The world is changing so fast, especially with social networking!

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