Cyberbullying is a major problem causing significant harm. There is no dispute that students today use e-mail, messaging, texting, and social networking sites on almost an hourly basis to stay in touch with one another. In one survey of thirteen- to seventeen-year-olds, thirty-five percent reported being the targets of Internet harassment including “rude or nasty comments, rumors, and threatening or aggressive messages. As one teenage victim stated: “It makes me hurt both physically and mentally. It scares me and takes away all my confidence to make me feel sick and worthless.
Bullying versus Cyber bullying
It is apparent that neither the courts nor the schools are clear on how legally to deal with the problem of cyber bullying. What makes the legal framework for cyber bullying so difficult? The answer, as set forth in this is that cyber bullying differs from off-line bullying such that current laws and school policies are often inadequate to deal with this new forum for bullying
Cyber bullying presents a danger to schoolchildren. Because cyber bullying involves the Internet and the use of cell phones, it is more pervasive, relentless, and cruel than off-line bullying. There is simply no escape for victims of cyber bullying. Indeed, cyber bullying follows a victim from their school to their home, and possibly to their adult life. Legislatures and public schools are taking measures to combat cyber bullying. However, with this new medium for bullying comes many new and challenging legal issues.
A cyber bullying policy carefully adopted