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Cyberbullying is not a harmless offense

In a world where a lot of things are done online, including general communication, you have to watch your online etiquette. Unfortunately, some people tend to think that they can say or do whatever they want, simply due to the fact they are typing on a keyboard rather than confronting people in person. This has created a massive cyberbullying problem, and law enforcement authorities in Michigan and elsewhere have taken note.

Cyberbullying is not a harmless offense. It hurts people and can cause victims to make decisions in or with their lives that they otherwise would not.

What exactly is cyberbullying?

The definition of cyberbullying is harm inflicted through electronic devices. For this harm to achieve the level of cyberbullying, it must be repeated and willful. So, if you disagree with Nancy and post something negative about her or her opinions online just one time, this is not cyberbullying. If you go further than the one comment, if you leave multiple messages that are harmful in nature for Nancy and refuse to stop, this then turns into a cyberbullying case for which you could face criminal consequences.

Other than making mean-spirited and hateful comments online, there are several other forms on cyberbullying. Some include:

  • Making threats
  • Starting rumors
  • Posting or somehow circulating pictures and videos

Depending on the details of the case, doing some of these things may only result in accusations of harassment. In order for someone to file a bullying charge, the activity must be, as previously stated, repetitive.

Who is behind most cases of cyberbullying?

A lot of people tend to think that this is a teenage problem. This is not true, however. Many adults engage in such activity. At the end of the day, it does not matter if a person suspected of cyberbullying is a minor or an adult, the consequences for actions can be significant.

Defenses

Fighting a cyberbullying charge may not be all that simple. Online activity is pretty easy for law enforcement authorities to track. However, proving that a particular person was on the computer, phone or logged into a certain account can be difficult.

If you are facing cyberbullying charges, if convicted, you may face jail time, imprisonment, fines and a number of other consequences. Any of these things, whether you are a minor or an adult can affect you both now and in the future. Thankfully, you do not have to face such a situation alone. With the right help, you can take the steps necessary to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

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