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Cyber Harassment Could Soon Be A Crime In New Jersey

January 4, 2014 Comments off

 

By David Madden

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — A New Jersey senate committee cleared a measure this week that tightens laws against harassment over the Internet.

Camden County State Senator Donald Norcross wants to create the crime of cyber harassment.

“If a threat was being made person to person, it was covered. If a person made it over the phone, it was covered,” Norcross said. “But the cyber loophole was still there.”

Parents have often tried to take legal action to protect their kids online, only to find there is no law to hang their complaint on.

Norcross said his measure would be quite specific about what constitutes as cyber harassment.

“When the threats occur, they’re not accidentally being made,” he said. “They go to a certain condition that goes knowingly, with the intent to emotionally or physically harm. So no one will accidentally do this.”

Offenders could face up to 18 months in jail and/or a fine up to $10,000.

While the bill is aimed primarily at protecting children, Norcross believes it could be equally effective for adults. But he has asked for a legal clarification on that from the Attorney General.

Full senate action is pending and a similar bill in the Assembly has yet to move.

ACLU Wants To Challenge Cyberbullying Law

December 26, 2012 Comments off

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A raft of the law may be the first of its kind in the country, and the organization said it will seek plaintiffs for a possible court challenge to change it, contending it threatens to chill students’ free speech rights. The law threatens criminal penalties on students who use a computer with “the intent to intimidate or torment a school employee” by engaging in the same nasty online behavior that already makes it illegal to target a minor. Read Entire Post Here.

 

North Carolina to Outlaw Student Cyberbullying of Teachers

November 20, 2012 Comments off
Kelly Poe
Raleigh News & Observer

RALEIGH — It will soon be illegal for a student to bully a teacher online in North Carolina, under an expansion of the state’s cyberbullying law that goes into effect Dec. 1 and may be the first of its kind in the country.

The School Violence Prevention Act of 2012 will make it a misdemeanor for students to post something online “with the intent to intimidate or torment a school employee.” It builds on a similar law passed in 2009 that criminalized online bullying of a student or a student’s parent or guardian. Read entire article here.

 

Police Investigating: Cyberbully Urges Suicide

November 17, 2012 Comments off

BREAKING: Local Teen Suicides Linked to Bullying

November 7, 2012 Comments off
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