Cyberbullying refers to someone using derogatory, intimidating or threatening language, usually through electronic communications, such us as social media messaging, posts and chats, but also text messages and emails in attempts to bully someone else. Deputy & Mizell is here to protect your rights. In this blog, we will discuss cyber bullying and what you can do to protect yourself from it.
How can cyberbullying be recognized?
Cyber bullying consists of any hurtful, demeaning, threatening, or derogatory message sent over an electronic form of communication. This can also include embarrassing videos or photos posted on a social media platform such as Facebook or Twitter. Cyberbullies will also use fake Facebook profiles or websites to expose or invade privacy. Once a cyberbully victim has been targeted, it can be surprisingly, very difficult to get them to admit they have been targeted. Although, it may seem obvious through social media, but the victims can feel so embarrassed that they are unwilling to come forward.
What can I do to protect myself from cyberbullying?
- Guard your social media accounts! Create unique passwords that aren’t obvious. Use a special character, number, and capital letter to make your password strong.
- Protect your mobile devices. Be sure that they are password protected.
- If you witness or a victim of cyberbullying, report them to service providers, such as Facebook or Twitter.
- Block the accounts that are being used by cyberbullies.
Can cyberbullying be prevented?
Unfortunately, anyone who has a mobile device or computer and uses Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Youtube, Instagram or any other social media platform can become a victim of cyberbullying. However, keep an open dialogue with your friends and loved ones and encourage them to ask for help if they have been cyberbullied.
Is it necessary to report cyberbullying to law enforcement?
Sometimes, depending on the severity of the cyberbullying, it is necessary to get law enforcement involved. It can be considered a crime if the cyberbullying involves one of the following actions:
- Stalking or hate crimes
- Taking a photo or video of someone where he or she would expect privacy
- Threats of violence
- Child pornography or the sending of sexual or explicit messages or photos
Cyberbullying can happen anywhere, even in school districts, it can be related to in-person bullying too. This creates a very disruptive learning environment can be very hard on students.
If you have been physically threatened by a cyber bully, do not be afraid to contact one of our attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks. We understand that victims of cyberbullying are in a vulnerable state and deserve the upmost respect and best legal council. We have 70+ years legal experience in the Lake of the Ozarks, Lebanon, Camdenton and Eldon. We have a very wide range of practice areas and are not afraid to aggressively fight for your rights. To schedule a free consultation, call one of our offices today.
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