Have you been following the Dharun Ravi case in NJ? In case you’re unfamiliar, Tyler Clementi committed suicide after he found out his roommate, Dharun Ravi, had watched him via Webcam kissing another man.
As a result of Clementi’s death, Ravi was charged with invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, tampering with physical evidence, tampering with a witness and hindering apprehension. Today, the jury found him guilty of all those charges.
There’s no question that Clementi’s death was unfortunate, but it’s scary to think that what may have started out as a practical joke could send your kid to jail. Only Ravi knows what his intentions were when he set up the webcam, but haven’t we all played a practical joke that could have turned out for the worse? And let’s be honest, 20-year-olds are not exactly known for always making the smartest decisions. I honestly don’t think Ravi intended for his roommate to commit suicide and it’s scary to think that setting up a webcam in your room could lead to criminal charges.
My daughter is many years away from college, but as parents we have to start teaching our kids about these issues now. What they say and do can have repercussions even we as adults could never foresee, let alone a child. I’m not going into detail about Clementi jumping off a bridge with my three-year-old, but you better believe I am talking to her about respecting people who are different than she is and making sure she doesn’t cross boundaries.
What about you? What are your thoughts on the Ravi verdict? What lessons are you teaching your kid now so you don’t end up like Dharun Ravi’s parents, crying in a court room when your child is convicted of a crime that probably started off as a joke. Share your thoughts in the comments.
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