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.
What is Cyberbullying?
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.
This form of bullying 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 these bullying 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.
Talking to Your Child
If your child has been accused of this type of bullying, you should talk to them. Sit down together and ask them to explain the situation that has lead to this accusation. Review the evidence against your child, such as text messages, emails, messages on social media, etc. Then, it is a good idea to contact an attorney.
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. We can guide your family through this difficult situation and try to make it as easy as possible for your child. We can represent them in court if necessary. We can also represent them at a school hearing where their school punishment will be determined. For more information, please call the office at 203-925-2900.