CYBER-BULLYING AND THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH

The internet presents a wider forum for abusive practices as well as a culture of limited regulation for certain conducts such us cyber-bullying. Cyber-bullying has emerged as a prevalent crime since the Internet became an increasingly relied-upon medium of interpersonal communication. It has affected numerous individuals, particularly minors, to the extent that some have contemplated or actually committed suicide. Challenging cyber-bullying involves balancing the victim's right to be free from abuse and the right of society at large to reap the essential and beneficial uses of the internet and freedom of speech. This article presents information on cyber-bullying, how parents protect their children, and how the United States courts have addressed this issue.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Who is at risk of becoming a victim of cyber-bullying?
What can a parent do to protect the family from the consequences of cyber-bullying?
What are some of the challenges against anti-cyberbullying laws?

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