Rights and responsibilities
In A Digital World
Age of Criminal Responsibility
Anyone over the age of 10 has the right to be prosecuted and to face a court if they have committed a crime. This is because by the age of 10 you should have a sense of right from wrong and are responsible for your actions. If you have committed a crime and are under 10 then most probably you will be punished but mostly your parents will be severely punished, it depends on the crime committed
Age of Consent
If you are under the age of 16 the law forbids you to consent to any sexual activity. It is also illegal to ask someone to have sexual activity with you (or anyone else) if either of you are under 16. It is illegal to have sex with anyone under 16 if you are over or under16, if you are over 16 you will be put on the peodaphille register and if you are under 16 you will be put on the sex offenders list, giving you a criminal record. If any of this takes place with either of you being 13 or under, there are no defences in court, even if you are both under 13, you are very likely to be in prison for many years.
Cyber Bullying and Harassment
If anyone is continuosly being mean because of race, sexuality or ethnicity, online or in person, they can be prosecuted for harassment under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. Likewise, anyone seen to be bullying someone online or using any kind of technology, can be prosecuted for Cyber Bullying under the Malicious Communications Act 1988.