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Cyberbullying a computer crime? Some think so

Cyberbullying a computer crime? Some think so

Cyberbullying is becoming a topic of concern for Maryland families and others throughout the nation. Until now, though, many of the negative comments that are sent through the Internet have not been categorized as computer crimes. Advocates in several states are trying to change that, as youngsters and adults work together to criminalize cyberbullying in Colorado. This effort could spill over into other jurisdictions, including Maryland.

A new bill has been introduced in the Colorado legislature that would make cyberbullying a crime. Lawmakers say they want to protect kids in the area from online bullies who exploit social media platforms for inflicting serious distress. Those legislators say that many kids have thought about suicide because of the impact that cyberbullying has had on their lives.

Although the House has already passed the cyberbullying bill, Senate officials are still working out the details of their own cyberbullying measure. That bill will be put to a vote in the near future. Legislators in both lawmaking bodies say they are attempting to respond to the testimony from teens and parents, many of whom describe youngsters who suffer serious emotional problems because of the Internet interactions.

Although cyberbullying has not yet been criminalized in Maryland, it is possible that such a change may occur, considering the national climate that surrounds the issue. Criminal defendants who are facing computer crime allegations may benefit from the assistance of a criminal defense attorney in Maryland, who can help them learn more about current legal statutes as they relate to cyberbullying. As technology continues to change and advance, lawmakers may attempt to keep pace by criminalizing additional computer activities.

Source: CBS Denver, “Cyberbullying Victims Want Online Bullying Labeled A Crime In Colorado” No author given, Mar. 26, 2014

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