Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying

In Georgia, cyberbullying is considered to be a form of criminal stalking. Specific to the cyber world this includes; using electronic communications devices, equipment, software, apps, or services such as telephones, text messaging, instant messaging, social media, video, email, etc.

What is Cyberbullying in Georgia

In Georgia, cyberbullying is considered to be a form of criminal stalking. Specific to the cyber world this includes; using electronic communications devices, equipment, software, apps, or services such as telephones, text messaging, instant messaging, social media, video, email, etc.

Harrassing Communications, OCGA 16-11-39.1, in Georgia addresses aspects of cyberbullying. Harrassing communications law covers problematic impacts where "a person repeatedly via telecommunication, e-mail, text messaging, or any other form of electronic communication for the purpose of harassing, molesting, threatening, or intimidating such person or the family of such person..."

Cyberbullying Punishment and Sentences

Stalking, including cyber-bullying, is a misdemeanor in Georgia (OCGA 16-5-90.) A person convicted of misdemeanor stalking in Georgia faces a jail sentence of up to one year (OCGA § 17-10-3.)

Cyberbullying in Schools

The Georgia End to Cyberbullying Act (SB 250) puts forth that "Students found bullying third time in school year are sent to alternative school, requires that policies against bullying be posted in all middle and high schools, requires that bullying policies be included in student and parent handbooks."

Bulllying Laws in Georgia

Georgia anti-bullying laws include the following definitions of bullying and cyberbullying:

The term "bullying" means an act that is:

  • (1) Any willful attempt or threat to inflict injury on another person, when accompanied by an apparent present ability to do so;
  • (2) Any intentional display of force such as would give the victim reason to fear or expect immediate bodily harm; or
  • (3) Any intentional written, verbal, or physical act which a reasonable person would perceive as being intended to threaten, harass, or intimidate, that:
  • (A) Causes another person substantial physical harm within the meaning of Code Section 16-5-23.1 or visible bodily harm as such term is defined in Code Section 16-5-23.1;
  • (B) Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education;
  • (C) Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
  • (D) Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

Cyberbullying Lawyer in Cherokee County GA

If you need help with cyberbullying charges in Georgia you need to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible. Any criminal charges can be devastating to your finances, personal relationships, and ability to get a job. Contact a cyberbullying lawyer online or call 770-956-1400.