As educational and social gatherings occur more and more frequently online, cyber bullying, online harassment, and other forms of virtual abuse have also become more common. Chat rooms, video calls, and social media platforms are all potential venues for online bullying. Both children and adults can experience cyber harassment, bullying, stalking, and other unwanted and unwelcome interactions. This kind of online abuse can occur in the workplace, in online educational settings, or in online social groups or networks. Although it can be difficult to hold perpetrators accountable for harassing behaviors, New Jersey’s laws are some of the most protective in the country. An experienced attorney can help you put an end to cyber bullying, cyber harassment, or other kinds of abuse that you or your child may be experiencing.
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In New Jersey, bullying is a serious concern. The State of New Jersey is committed to eradicating harassment, intimidation and bullying in its schools through various anti-bullying legislation. While harassment can take many forms, the newest concern among students of all ages is known as “Cyber-Bullying.”
On January 6, 2011 Govern Chris Christie signed one of the toughest laws relating to zero tolerance for bullying in schools. Public schools are now required by law to set up and enforce procedures to detect, monitor, investigate, and report acts of bullying and to discipline those who commit them. In a great step forward to hold schools accountable, this statute holds school administrators personally responsible for the protection of our children. The act strengthens enforcement efforts and calls for revisions to the existing statute (N.J.S.A. 18A:37-2). The statute, officially titled “Prohibiting Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying on School Property, at School-Sponsored Functions, and on School Buses,” now adds harassment and intimidation as to the list of illegal behaviors and gives the statute teeth by allowing the school to discipline any student who commits acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying.