The internet crime of cyberbulling

The internet crime of cyberbulling

If you’re frequently online like many people today, then you know that you can post images, information and data online from your home or work computer. Did you know that using the Internet to harass someone is now an Internet crime? In the past, cyberbullying was not a crime recognized by the state of Maryland or the United States government, but that has changed.

Cyberbullying is when a person uses the Internet or mobile technology like cellphones or tablets to intimidate, harass or cause harm to another person. For example, a teen posting an image of another undressing or being picked on could be considered, among other things, cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying has become a problem in the U.S. as the growth of technology has taken place. Social media platforms allow bullying to be seen by everyone who has access, from strangers to friends of the victim, which can cause the embarrassment and even the consequences of bullying more severe than in the past. For example, if a child did something embarrassing at school prior to technology, the situation may just have been forgotten about after some time. Now, it’s possible for others to take videos and pictures, post them online and further the child’s humiliation and perpetuating it.

It’s only been recently that cyberbullying has been seen as a serious issue and crime. Prior to now, there have been few situations where a law could be applied. Now, some states do have laws against bullying online, and other states allow problems from bullying to be handled through civil lawsuits instead of criminal lawsuits.

Criminal harassment statues may provide enough of a basis to press charges against a cyber bully. In over half of the states in the U.S., cyberbullying falls under bullying laws, allowing it to be charged as such.

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