With the rise of the internet, a new form of bullying has emerged. Harassment over the internet has become a problem in schools and among youth. This is because it is now possible to contact someone virtually and communicate through a computer, a phone, or a similar device. The state of Connecticut has adopted laws to protect people from this type of harassment. You can learn more about cyberbullying laws here.
In the state of Connecticut, it is against the law to threaten or harass someone online. This act is referred to as cyberbullying. In recent years, Connecticut as well as other states have cracked down on this act.
Cyberbullying is most commonly committed by teenagers. For this reason, Connecticut now requires each school to install a school safety plan to educate students on bullying and cyberbullying. Also, the hope is that these programs will prevent cyberbullying issues.
Cyberbullying is considered a misdemeanor crime. As such, punishments include:
- A fine of as much as $500.
- A jail sentence of as much as three months.
If your child has been charged with cyberbullying, note that their school will probably take some kind of action to punish this behavior, and the state can take action against your child as well. At Ruane Attorneys, we have a strong juvenile defense team that can help you and your child in this difficult time.