In years past, school bullies carried out their hazing on the playground. As many other activities have modernized and made their way online, bullies have increasingly begun utilizing the Internet to torment their victims. Social media and cyberbullying are now taking their toll on tweens and teens nationwide. Cutter Law can help parents, educators, and social media users understand the impact of cyberbullying and the legal recourse available to victims.
The term bullying may refer to any type of unwanted, aggressive behavior enacted for the specific purpose of harming, humiliating, or intimidating another person. This behavior is frequently persistent and relentless resulting in severe emotional harm.
Although bullying in the traditional form has existed for quite some time, cyberbullying entered the national scene a few years ago, arising from the introduction of smartphones, email, text messaging, and social media. Cyberbullying and social media provide the perfect storm for online intimidation. While cyberbullying often gains attention as a school-age issue, this problem is certainly not limited to children and teens. Cyberbullying and social media intimidation also occur in the workplace.