Laws Against Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying has become more and more of a problem recently and new laws are continuing to be proposed to stop it. The majority of consequences come from the school that the bullier attends. Several schools enforce policies against cyberbullying and the consequences can range from suspension or expulsion to other academic penalties. Throughout the past few years, as cyberbullying continues to become a bigger issue, several states are proposing laws hoping to put an end to it. For example, in Michigan, cyberbullying can be prosecuted for several different criminal statuses such as stalking, aggravated stalking, or posting electronic messages without consent. In an article called “Cyberbullying in Michigan,” all of these different ways that cyberbullying can be prosecuted are explained. A case is considered stalking if someone performs two or more acts of any behavior that causes another person distress. This can include repeated calling, texting, or messaging or anything else that causes threat or fear for the victim. Aggravated stalking is more serious than stalking because it involves a person threating to physically injure or kill another person. Posting electronic messages without consent is when somebody posts any material on any form of communication that they know is without the permission of the person (Steiner). Cyberbullying can take the form of these as well as several other crimes. Michigan has laws against bullying in schools and recently passed a bill that says schools will include cyberbullying in these laws (Feldscher). This is a good first step and when people understand the consequences that can happen they may be less likely to cyberbully.

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