Cyberbullying is a huge problem that is affecting many children at home, school, and in public. In many states there are laws against it. Therefore, if you are found guilty of this crime, there is often punishment.
Definition of Cyberbullying
Stopcyberbullying.org defines cyberbullying as "when a child, preteen, or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed, or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen, or teen, using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies, or mobile phones."
Children Affected By Cyberbullying
The Cyberbullying Research Center reported that a study was done in 2008 on 2,000 middle school students and 10 per cent of them reported they were victims of cyberbullying.
States With Cyberbullying Laws
In 2009, there were nine states that had cyberbullying laws. These states are Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, New Jersey, Oregon, Missouri, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Punishment For Cyberbullying
Punishments for cyberbullying vary by state and can include school suspensions, fines, and serving time in a juvenile detention centre or jail.
Parents and teachers can help to prevent cyberbullying by educating children on it and its consequences. They can also teach children to respect each other and to not put up with bullying.