Questão 11

Tech Dial M for Molester 
Cell-phone abuse is getting out of hand around the world. U.S. gyms are banning camera phones for fear that people will take inappropriate photos of unknowing subjects. In June a Melbourne man pleaded guilty to taking pictures of young girls changing at a suburban pool, while eager readers in Japanese 
bookstores reportedly click away at pages of their favorite magazines to get out of buying them. Web sites in Asia have appeared boasting of out-of-focus “upskirt” shots of unaware women taken by cell phones, while one American website showcases camera-phone images of women’s backsides. Saudi Arabia does not want to bother with the gadget’s implication; camera phones have been banned in the whole country. 
Bullies have gone high tech, too, using text messages and voice mail to threaten their victims long after school is out. This type of bullying has surged over the past two years, according to Glenn Stutzky, a school-violence expert at Michigan State. “With regular bullying, kids could go home at the end of the day and find some peace,” Stutzky says. “Now, there’s no escape.” A 2002 British National Children’s Home study found that one in four children in the United Kingdom was bullied by cell phone or the Internet. From his experience in the field, Stutzky says cell bullies are often middle- or upper-class, and the majority are female. He says that girls usually prefer more subtle methods, so cell phones make the perfect tool. 
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