Over 20 states have enacted new cyberbullying laws or expanded existing laws to include cyberbullying. The consequences for violating cyberbullying laws range from misdemeanor counts and, in extreme cases, felony charges, to allowing schools to decide punishment. Many of the laws are written to explicitly cover off-campus as well as on-campus cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying Cases are in the News

With so many states having cyberbullying laws on their books, cyberbullying cases that have caused extreme harm and even resulted in death, have given rise to lawsuits against schools and school districts. A few examples include:
  • A cyberbullying case In Louisiana has the school board being sued over the death of a 15-year-old girl who committed suicide after cyberbullying by classmates.
  • In an infamous cyberbullying case in Massachusetts, the parents of a 15-year-old-girl who killed herself sued her school and settled the case out of court for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
  • A cyberbullying case in Florida made news when the parents of a middle school student in Boca Raton sued the school over its failure to protect their son from cyberbullying.

Important Facts on Laws against Cyberbullying

  • All states except Montana have laws or statutes against bullying in general
  • All states except for Montana, Alaska, Tennessee, Vermont and Wisconsin have included "electronic harassment" as part of their bullying laws which is similar to cyberbullying laws .
  • 20 States either have laws against cyberbullying or laws are proposed
  • 14 States have cyberbullying laws on their books

iPrism Social Media Security helps Schools Enforce Cyberbullying Laws:

  • Eliminates the need to ban social media at your school and supports CIPA requirements that students learn appropriate social networking behavior
  • Allows students full access to popular social media applications while keeping their interactions consistent with CIPA requirements and your school's acceptable use policies
  • Gives schools visibility so that signs of cyberbullying or self-harm can be detected early and mitigated
  • Blocks inappropriate postings from within social media applications to help comply with school policies and uphold laws against cyberbullying
  • Offers policy templates within the solution or customize your own
  • Blocked messages appear within the application for transparent, seamless enforcement