What You Need To Know About Cyberbullying and the Law
When it comes to bullying people online, the law takes a firm stance — one you won’t want to mess with.
Similar to sexting, there are serious consequences when it comes to laws against cyberbullying. And there is no age limit on these laws being enforced. There have been cases of 12 year old girls serving time in juvenile detention because they were caught cyberbullying a classmate through Facebook.
Cyberbullying can incur a Class A Misdemeanor. It can also be escalated to become a 3rd Degree Felony. These charges will most likely include a fine and mandatory community service. If charged with a felony, the sentence can also include 2-10 years in jail.
As you can see, cyberbullying is not to be trifled with. These consequences will haunt someone for life as they apply for colleges or careers.
Not only this, but tracking down cyberbullying offenders is incredibly easy. Often times it doesn’t take more than simply looking at the username or profile of the bully to discover who it is. If they used a pseudonym then it only takes a little bit of digging to find the IP address of the bully which leads straight to the culprit.
If students, children and teenagers were aware of this information they would surely think twice before committing this crime. The repercussions that fall back on the perpetrator are weighty.
This issue must be addressed in schools before it gets any further out of hand.