Cyberbullying Someone Via Social Media
As the use of social media has become more prevalent in recent years, so has its use for somewhat nefarious purposes, particularly in the realm of cyberbullying. While this typically happens among teens, who typically have no regard or knowledge for the lawâ€”at least according to the old man who wants those social-media-using teens to get off his lawn, this inflammatory online action is actually illegal. According to Title 18, Section 875, Subsection C of the United States Penal Code (we know, it's a mouthful): "Whoever transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication containing any threat to kidnap any person or any threat to injure the person of another, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both," and this also applies to threats or harassment that occurs online. It's unlikely that this will land you in prison unless the resulting threats leads to injury, but it's best to bite your tongue when it comes to making threats in a public forum.
Fact: Over 50 percent of teens report experiencing cyberbulling between the ages of 13 and 17.