What is LawBrain?
It's a living legal community making laws accessible and interactive. Click Here to get Started »

Difference between revisions of "Cyberbullying"

From lawbrain.com

m
 
Line 1: Line 1:
Cyberbullying is broadly defined as willful and repeated harm inflicted through an electronic medium, such as a personal computer or cellular phone.
+
Cyberbullying is broadly defined as willful and repeated harm inflicted through an electronic medium, such as a personal computer or cellular phone.  
  
{{Stub}}<br>
+
{{Stub}}<br>  
  
 
== Overview  ==
 
== Overview  ==
  
Cyberbullying involves tormenting, threatening, harassing, humiliating, embarrassing or otherwise targeting another child, preteen or teen through usage of the [[Internet|internet]] or interactive and digital technologies. By definition, a minor must initiate this form of contact with another minor.<ref>http://www.wiredsafety.org/cyberstalking_harassment/cyberbullying.html</ref> An individual, for example, can send text messages or [[E-Mail|emails]] containing threatening or lewd content directly targeted at the victim.&nbsp;
+
Cyberbullying involves tormenting, threatening, harassing, humiliating, embarrassing or otherwise targeting another child, preteen or teen through usage of the [[Internet|internet]] or interactive and digital technologies. By definition, a minor must initiate this form of contact with another minor.<ref>http://www.wiredsafety.org/cyberstalking_harassment/cyberbullying.html</ref> An individual, for example, can send text messages or [[E-Mail|emails]] containing threatening or lewd content directly targeted at the victim.&nbsp;  
  
Research on cyberbullying indicates it appears to be a growing problem in middle- and upper-middle class communities, where a "cyberbully" misuses online technology to harass, intimidate, bully or terrorize others. For social networking giants such as [[Facebook|Facebook]] and [[MySpace|MySpace]], cyberbullying can be a common phenomenon leading to disruptive behavior on user profiles.<ref>http://www.rand.org/pubs/rgs_dissertations/2009/RAND_RGSD240.pdf</ref> Users can send [[E-Mail|emails]], post notes, comment on someone's wall, and try other means to harass another user. <br>
+
Research on cyberbullying indicates it appears to be a growing problem in middle- and upper-middle class communities, where a "cyberbully" misuses online technology to harass, intimidate, bully or terrorize others. For social networking giants such as [[Facebook|Facebook]] and [[MySpace|MySpace]], cyberbullying can be a common phenomenon leading to disruptive behavior on user profiles.<ref>http://www.rand.org/pubs/rgs_dissertations/2009/RAND_RGSD240.pdf</ref> Users can send [[E-Mail|emails]], post notes, comment on someone's wall, and try other means to harass another user. <br>  
  
Some "cyberbullies" go one step further to create websites targeting specific individuals, where they post humiliating stories, jokes, and defamatory comments. Such websites are abound and create an inappropriate online environment.<ref>http://www.ebasedprevention.org/toolbox/bullying/cyberbullying-legal-issues</ref>
+
Some "cyberbullies" go one step further to create websites targeting specific individuals, where they post humiliating stories, jokes, and defamatory comments. Such websites are abound and create an inappropriate online environment.<ref>http://www.ebasedprevention.org/toolbox/bullying/cyberbullying-legal-issues</ref>  
  
In several states, school officials are charged with the responsibility of enforcing cyberbullying laws. The laws empower school administrators to punish minors who violate the law and help law enforcement investigate the crime.<ref>http://www.cyberbullyalert.com/blog/2008/10/cyber-bullying-state-laws-and-policies/</ref>
+
In several states, school officials are charged with the responsibility of enforcing cyberbullying laws. The laws empower school administrators to punish minors who violate the law and help law enforcement investigate the crime.<ref>http://www.cyberbullyalert.com/blog/2008/10/cyber-bullying-state-laws-and-policies/</ref>  
  
<br>
+
<br>  
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
  
<references />
+
<references />  
  
 
== External Links  ==
 
== External Links  ==
  
*[http://www.ojp.gov/cds/internet_safety/NCPC/Cyberbullying%20Research%20Statistics.pdf Cyberbullying - Emotional and Psychological Consequences]
+
*[http://www.ojp.gov/cds/internet_safety/NCPC/Cyberbullying%20Research%20Statistics.pdf Cyberbullying - Emotional and Psychological Consequences]  
*[http://www.wiredsafety.org/cyberstalking_harassment/cyberbullying.html Cyberbullying]
+
*[http://www.wiredsafety.org/cyberstalking_harassment/cyberbullying.html Cyberbullying]  
*[http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/what_is_cyberbullying_exactly.html What is cyberbullying, exactly?]
+
*[http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/what_is_cyberbullying_exactly.html What is cyberbullying, exactly?]  
*[http://www.rand.org/pubs/rgs_dissertations/2009/RAND_RGSD240.pdf No Bullies Allowed]
+
*[http://www.rand.org/pubs/rgs_dissertations/2009/RAND_RGSD240.pdf No Bullies Allowed]  
*[http://www.ebasedprevention.org/toolbox/bullying/cyberbullying-legal-issues Cyberbullying: Legal Issues]
+
*[http://www.ebasedprevention.org/toolbox/bullying/cyberbullying-legal-issues Cyberbullying: Legal Issues]  
 
*[http://www.cyberbullyalert.com/blog/2008/10/cyber-bullying-state-laws-and-policies/ Cyber Bullying State Laws and Policies]
 
*[http://www.cyberbullyalert.com/blog/2008/10/cyber-bullying-state-laws-and-policies/ Cyber Bullying State Laws and Policies]
  
<br> <br>
+
<br> <br>  
  
 
== Related Resources on FindLaw  ==
 
== Related Resources on FindLaw  ==
  
*[http://knowledgebase.findlaw.com/kb/2009/Jun/1295900_2.html As Cybercrime Increases, So Do Law Enforcement Efforts]
+
*[http://knowledgebase.findlaw.com/kb/2009/Jun/1295900_2.html As Cybercrime Increases, So Do Law Enforcement Efforts]  
 
*[http://law.findlaw.com/state-laws/computer-crimes/intro-computer-crimes/ More Information on Computer Crime Laws]
 
*[http://law.findlaw.com/state-laws/computer-crimes/intro-computer-crimes/ More Information on Computer Crime Laws]
  
 
== Related Blogs on FindLaw  ==
 
== Related Blogs on FindLaw  ==
  
<rss>http://search.yahooapis.com/WebSearchService/rss/webSearch.xml?appid=yahoosearchwebrss&query=cyberbullying%20site:blogs.findlaw.com|max=5</rss> <br> <!-- Begin Yahoo Web Services HTML Attribution Snippet -->&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; [http://www.developer.yahoo.com Web Services by Yahoo!] <!-- End Yahoo Web Services HTML Attribution Snippet -->
+
<rss>http://search.yahooapis.com/WebSearchService/rss/webSearch.xml?appid=yahoosearchwebrss&query=cyberbullying%20site:blogs.findlaw.com|max=5</rss> <br> <!-- Begin Yahoo Web Services HTML Attribution Snippet -->&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; [http://www.developer.yahoo.com Web Services by Yahoo!] <!-- End Yahoo Web Services HTML Attribution Snippet -->  
  
 
== See Also  ==
 
== See Also  ==
  
*[[Internet]]
+
*[[Internet]]  
*[[Homeland Security Department]]
+
*[[Homeland Security Department]]  
*[[Identity Theft]]
+
*[[Identity Theft]]  
*[[Internet Fraud]]
+
*[[Internet Fraud]]  
*[[Cybercrime]]
+
*[[Cybercrime]]  
 
*[[Electronic snooping]]
 
*[[Electronic snooping]]
 +
*[[School bullying law]]
  
 
[[Category:Education]]
 
[[Category:Education]]

Latest revision as of 15:15, 9 August 2010

Cyberbullying is broadly defined as willful and repeated harm inflicted through an electronic medium, such as a personal computer or cellular phone.

  • This LawBrain entry is a stub. Please help us expand it! Click the 'Edit' tab above to add to this page.

Contents

Overview

Cyberbullying involves tormenting, threatening, harassing, humiliating, embarrassing or otherwise targeting another child, preteen or teen through usage of the internet or interactive and digital technologies. By definition, a minor must initiate this form of contact with another minor.[1] An individual, for example, can send text messages or emails containing threatening or lewd content directly targeted at the victim. 

Research on cyberbullying indicates it appears to be a growing problem in middle- and upper-middle class communities, where a "cyberbully" misuses online technology to harass, intimidate, bully or terrorize others. For social networking giants such as Facebook and MySpace, cyberbullying can be a common phenomenon leading to disruptive behavior on user profiles.[2] Users can send emails, post notes, comment on someone's wall, and try other means to harass another user.

Some "cyberbullies" go one step further to create websites targeting specific individuals, where they post humiliating stories, jokes, and defamatory comments. Such websites are abound and create an inappropriate online environment.[3]

In several states, school officials are charged with the responsibility of enforcing cyberbullying laws. The laws empower school administrators to punish minors who violate the law and help law enforcement investigate the crime.[4]


References

  1. http://www.wiredsafety.org/cyberstalking_harassment/cyberbullying.html
  2. http://www.rand.org/pubs/rgs_dissertations/2009/RAND_RGSD240.pdf
  3. http://www.ebasedprevention.org/toolbox/bullying/cyberbullying-legal-issues
  4. http://www.cyberbullyalert.com/blog/2008/10/cyber-bullying-state-laws-and-policies/

External Links



Related Resources on FindLaw

Related Blogs on FindLaw

Failed to load RSS feed from http://search.yahooapis.com/WebSearchService/rss/webSearch.xml?appid=yahoosearchwebrss&query=cyberbullying%20site:blogs.findlaw.com!

                                                                            Web Services by Yahoo!

See Also

Contributors

FindLaw Nira, FindLaw Sarah