Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying

Bullying in elementary school and bullying high school is something that has been going on for a long time. However, with the invention of the internet and smartphones, there is now a new crime: Cyber Bullying. This new online crime is becoming more and more prevalent in Michigan. Studies show us that over 80 of teenagers have and use mobile phones. College students engage on facebook on a regular basis. In fact, a study has shown that 93% of college students use Facebook. Another recent student shows that over 50 of these people have been a victim of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying occurs when someone uses mobile technologies or the internet to deliberately hurt, harass or embarrass another human being.

Cyberbullying causes negative side effects in the person who is the victim of cyberbullying.  Depression, anxiety, and suicide are common forms of the most destructive effects a victim suffers because of cyberbullying. A victim of this crime will usually show signs of their stress. A parent or friend may notice failing grades, distress, withdraw from friends and family.

Location is one of the major differences between old school bullying and online cyberbullying. A person can be cyberbullied seven days a week 24 hours a day.  While a bully at school may no bother their victims while school is in session. Pictures and threats posted online can be viewed by a vastly wider audience on the internet.

If you or your child have been charged with cyberbullying, you need an aggressive attorney like Shawn Haff on your side. Don’t wait, call him today! The sooner he gets to work on your case, the sooner you can feel a sense of relief knowing you have a professional attorney on your side! Call Shawn now at 616-438-6719!

Michigan anti-bullying laws and regulations include the following definitions of bullying and cyberbullying:

“Bullying” means any written, verbal, or physical act, or any electronic communication, including, but not limited to, cyberbullying, that is intended or that a reasonable person would know is likely to harm 1 or more pupils either directly or indirectly by doing any of the following:

(i)  Substantially interfering with educational opportunities, benefits, or programs of 1 or more pupils.

(ii)  Adversely affecting the ability of a pupil to participate in or benefit from the school district’s or public school’s educational programs or activities by placing the pupil in reasonable fear of physical harm or by causing substantial emotional distress.

(iii) Having an actual and substantial detrimental effect on a pupil’s physical or mental health.

(iv) Causing substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school.

“Cyberbullying” means any electronic communication that is intended or that a reasonable person would know is likely to harm 1 or more pupils either directly or indirectly by doing any of the following:

(i)  Substantially interfering with educational opportunities, benefits, or programs of 1 or more pupils.

(ii)  Adversely affecting the ability of a pupil to participate in or benefit from the school district’s or public school’s educational programs or activities by placing the pupil in reasonable fear of physical harm or by causing substantial emotional distress.

(iii) Having an actual and substantial detrimental effect on a pupil’s physical or mental health.

(iv) Causing substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school.

MCLS § 380.1310b (2016)

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