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Cyberbullying Laws

  • By: Susan P. Limber
  • In: Encyclopedia of Media Violence
  • Edited by: Matthew S. Eastin
  • Subject:Mass Communication, Aggression & Violence, Violence & Society

With the advent of cybertechnologies, cyberbullying —bullying through electronic means—among children and youth has emerged as an issue of concern among youth, parents, educators, members of the media, and policy makers at the state and federal levels. Since 1999, legislators in nearly all states have passed laws addressing bullying, and many of these laws specifically address cyberbullying. These laws typically require that school districts develop policies to address bullying at school. In addition to these state anti-bullying laws, there are constitutional issues and other federal and state civil laws that affect how school personnel address bullying. There also are federal and state criminal laws that may criminalize some behaviors that are viewed as cyberbullying.

State Laws on Bullying and Cyberbullying

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