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Internet Violence Laws

Concerns regarding Internet violence have increased as access to and use of the Internet have become ubiquitous in U.S. society. High-profile acts of violence, particularly regarding children and bullying that extends beyond the schoolyard, have increased awareness of the capability of individuals to use the Internet to cause harm. In response to this awareness, governmental units have responded by attempting to implement various laws or policies to halt Internet violence. This entry examines the types of Internet violence that lawmakers have targeted, the legal framework surrounding legislation targeting forms of Internet violence, and the effectiveness and limitations of these laws.

General Types of Internet Violence

U.S. lawmakers have generally focused on cyberbullying, cyberstalking, cyberharassment, hate speech, and recording and/or distributing video of acts of violence. Although ...

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