Snyder Signs Bill To Criminalize Cyberbullying
In the final days of his administration, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed 46 bills, including one that criminalized the act of cyberbullying.
Metro Times says Public Act 457 of 2018 will take effect in March. According to the law, a "pattern of repeated harassment" is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Meanwhile, cyberbullying that is found to cause a victim's death is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
“Cyberbullying can cause just as much trauma as traditional bullying so it’s important that it be considered a crime,” Snyder said. “With this bill, we are sending a message that bullying of any kind is not tolerated in Michigan.” - Gov. Rick Snyder
"Cyberbullying", "cyberharassment", or "online bullying" is defined as a form of bullying or harassment using electronic means. Cyberbullying and Cyberharassment are also known as online bullying. It has become increasingly common, especially among teenagers. Cyberbullying is when someone, typically teens, bully or harass others on social media sites, according to wikipedia.
StopBullying.gov says the most common places where cyberbullying occurs are:
- Social Media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter
- SMS (Short Message Service) also known as Text Message sent through devices
- Instant Message (via devices, email provider services, apps, and social media messaging features)
Reports say Snyder still has numerous bills he is considering before leaving office on Tuesday.