Don’t let another child become a victim of bullying and learn what is cyber bullying and how to combat cyber abuse.
"I was bullied on the internet and it made me feel like I wanted to kill myself.
A misdemeanor is a crime that usually results in a fine or very minimal prison or jail time (less than a year), while a Class D felony is a crime that is punished via a definite fine and a lengthier jail time.
All UK state schools are required to have anti-bullying policies under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.
As we speak, we aware of recently passed or pending cyber bullying legislations in the following states: Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont and Washington.
For example, Florida’s proposed law would add: “Bullying or harassment of any student or school employee is prohibited: (c) Through the use of data or computer software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, or computer network of a public K-12 educational institution.” Some proposals for cyber bullying laws have been criticized for being ambiguous or for seeking to regulate behavior that is considered free speech.
The police have successfully used the Protection from Harassment Act to press charges against those who send offensive emails through the Internet. Houghton became the first person in Britain to be jailed for the crime of bullying on a social networking site.
Missouri also passed more severe laws for cyber bullying , like changing the charge from a misdemeanor to a Class D felony.
On October 7th, 2003, while Ryan’s father was away on business and everyone else in the household was fast asleep, Ryan went into the family bathroom early in the morning and hanged himself. On the memorial website that Ryan’s parents created in memory of their son, Ryan’s father commented that, Remember that the cyber bullying includes harassment, stalking, online blackmail, name calling, sexting, identity theft, happy-slapping, etc.
Cyber bullying is not restricted to an age group, gender or sexual orientation.
Although cyber bullying is not a criminal under the UK law, criminal laws such as the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 may apply in terms of harassment or threatening behavior online.
In case of mobile bullying, the Telecommunications Act 1984 makes it a criminal under the 1997 Harassment Act. Keeley Houghton, who was 18 then, had victimized Emily Moore for four years, both online and offline, before a court ruling sentenced her to a three-month period in a young offenders’ institution.