The death of Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman and the conviction of his roommate, Dharun Ravi, has focused the nation’s attention of cyberbullying. Currently forty-eight states have anti-bullying laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The move now is to strengthen those laws and add specific consequences for electronic intimidation and harassment. Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine and New York— want to put penalties on the books for the types of digital bullying that led students in several states to commit suicide.
Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center, based in Arlington, Va., said the movement in the legislatures and the courts is focusing on the disciplinary system and is shortsighted. “You’re not going to be able to punish people into being more tolerant,” he said.
Linda Webb aka The Fraud Dog, leading fraud expert, is doing her part to give a voice to the victims of these ruthless acts and to teach tolerance. Webb is the creator of “Buster”, a boxer breed dog that is being made into a cartoon character to teach school children about doing what’s right. As a cartoon character, Buster can relate to a younger audience and teach children at a younger age to embrace the differences of others and to put an end to all types of bullying.
Linda Webb and her company, Contego Services Group has created a scholarship program for multimedia students at Florida Atlantic University to develop the cartoon design of Buster. The two winners also receive paid summer internship positions with Contego Services Group. Working hand in hand with FAU, Webb will debut a Public Service Announcement (PSA) geared towards teach children about bullying and the harmful effects it can have on others as well as continuing her pursuit of getting Buster in schools around the country.
The Fraud Dog also hopes to partner with Lady Gaga and her new foundation dubbed the “Born This Way Foundation”, a movement to empower our society to be more accepting and embrace our differences and individuality. Gaga’s foundation looks to foster a safe community for our youth for which Webb, The Fraud Dog, fully embraces and hopes to become a part of.