While the Internet can be a valuable resource with positive benefits, it also has a dark side that affects several individuals on a daily basis. As access to the Internet has evolved and become easier to access by people of all ages, our society has transitioned into the social media age. The unfortunate downside to this evolvement of the Internet is the increased number of cyberbullying, cyberstalking, and cyberharassment cases all over the globe, especially those that involve young children and teens. The purpose of this paper is to explain what exactly cyberbullying, cyberstalking, and cyberharassment entails, the legality behind cyberbullying, cyberstalking, and cyberharassment, recent cases of cyberbullying, cyberstalking, and cyberharassment, and what can be done to prevent future cases of cyberbullying, cyberstalking, and cyberharassment.
- Cyberbullying: occurs when a child or teen is embarrassed, humiliated, harassed, tormented or otherwise targeted by another person using the Internet or other form of digital communication.
- Cyberstalking: the use of the Internet, email or other electronic communications to stalk, and generally refers to a pattern of threatening or malicious behaviors.
- Cyberharassment: pertains to threatening or harassing email messages, instant messages, or to blog entries or websites dedicated solely to tormenting an individual.
- O.C.G.A. § 20-2-751.4. Policies prohibiting bullying; assignment to alternative school; notice. – Summarize Georgia anti-bulling laws that also apply to cyberbullying.
- O.C.G.A. § 16-5-90. Stalking; psychological evaluation. – Summarize Georgia laws that apply to cyberstalking and cyberharassment.
- Explain federal laws that apply to cyberbullying, cyberstalking, and cyberharassment.
- J.S. v. Bethlehem Area School District
- United States v. Drew
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- What parents/guardians should do.
- What kids/teens should do.
- What bystanders should do.