Cyberbullying and the Law
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2) In the US 53% admit to being perpetrators of mean or hurtful messages to another person via the Internet.
3) Only 18 states have definitive cyberbullying laws as of December, 2013
4) 5 states are proposing to add cyberbullying laws this year
5) while cyberbullying as a term is not stated, Alabama’s policies include “electronic forms of bullying”. Such is the case with 29 other states without a cyber bullying law.
6) 95% of social media-using teens who have witnessed cruel behavior on social networking sites say they have seen say the have seen others ignoring the mean behavior; 55% witness this frequently
7) Only 7% of US parents are worried about cyberbullying
8) When bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time
9) More than 80% of teens regularly use cell phones, making them the most popular form of technology and therefore a common medium for cyberbullying.
10) 95% of teens who witnessed cyberbullying report that others, like them, have ignored the behavior
Cyberbullying Research Center advise victims not to respond to “minor teasing or name calling” if they can avoid it. Sometimes bullies are encouraged by seeing a reaction.
Keep a record of bullying messages you receive—in hard copy. If you can show an adult either the messages themselves or a diary of when you received them, it may be easier to verify what went on and who the bully was.
Reach out to your parents, a favorite teacher, school administrators, counselors, and even police officers can help you deal with cyberbullying. Your state laws or your school’s policies may have rules against cyberbullying that these trusted adults can enlist to help you.