Changes to Florida Cyber-Bullying Laws

Our Criminal Lawyers in Fort Lauderdale have been actively involved in both litigating and reporting on bullying cases in South Florida. This has been quite a serious topic following the tragic suicide of Rebecca Sedwick, a victim of cyber bullying and bullying in her school, Florida lawmakers are planning to make bullying and Cyber-Bullying in Broward County a criminal offense.

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New Cyberstalking Laws in Florida

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In Florida, the cyberstalking laws have been formulated under the aegis of traditional stalking statutes. Under this law, stalking refers to repeated threatening or harassing behavior that causes emotional distress, discomfort, pain, or fear in the person being subjected to such behavior. The standard restraining order has also been expanded to restrict this type of unwanted behavior, cyberstalking refers to the above-mentioned acts committed using the Internet or any other electronic medium of communication.

 Cyberstalking Laws:
Instances for Building a Case

The growth of the world wide web and the ability to reach anyone faster and farther has undoubtedly had a positive effect on the world today. However, there has also been a huge negative impact on individuals lives which is why there was a call to action on cyberstalking laws.  The instances of cyber-stalking may include, amongst others, sending emails that contain threats, comments that are harassing or manipulative, and/or lewd remarks; hacking online accounts of the victim like his email or banking accounts and changing the settings of or misusing these; impersonating the victim on social media by creating fake accounts or trying to establish contact with the latter with fake profiles; and posting personal and confidential information about the victim on public forums and message boards. Apart from being emotionally disturbing, these acts can have damaging consequences, especially with regard to younger individuals.

By William Moore