Today, there are not many laws protecting victims of cyberbullying. In Pennsylvania, a new law was added to the existing harassment law. The new law will make it easier for law enforcement to charge others of cyberbullying-related crimes and the punishment will be different from regular harassment punishment.
The law defines cyber harassment of a child as a threat or “seriously disparaging” comment made online about a child’s sexuality, sexual activity, physical appearance, mental health or physical health or condition. These comments must be made “in a continuing course.
The increment in severity and frequency in cyberbullying over the last few years has made the government, school systems, and parents to take more actions in order to prevent this form of bullying. The new law is just one step into decreasing the effects of cyberbullying.
Please read more regarding this new law in Pennsylvania.