Laws are created to regulate behavior and criminalize actions. Sometimes those laws have unintended consequences when it is applied to behavior not anticipated to be covered by those laws. Most states do not have laws specifically directed towards the punishment of cyberbullying behavior. However, the laws that have been created to punish Internet behavior are being used to punish cyberbullying. This essay, which has been written for the Northern Illinois University Law Review's Symposium on the Legal Implications of Social Media, explores the different civil and criminal laws that have an intended or unintended regulation of a student's use of social media to bully another person. The essay also discusses cyberbullying behavior in comparison to bullying behavior not done on the Internet and the difference in consequences along with the First Amendment implications.
Northern Illinois University Law Review
"Cyberbullying and the Law,"
Northern Illinois University Law Review: Vol. 36:
3, Article 1.
Jamie Mosser, Cyberbullying and the Law, 36 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 79 (2016).