The law often takes some time catching up to technology. Cyber-bullying has existed since people could communicate through the Internet, but now many states have laws protecting against this type of behavior. If you or someone close to you has been a victim of cyber-bullying, you may be able to file a civil lawsuit against the person and seek damages. These cases are extremely complex, and having an attorney analyze the facts of your case may be your best shot at recovering damages.
Cyber-bullying is defined as the use of electronic communication (i.e., email, text, or social media) to bully a person, typically by sending messages that are of an intimidating or threatening nature. According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2014, about 73 percent of adults have witnessed online bullying and harassment, and 40 percent have been the victim of such behavior. The most common forms of cyber-bullying are being called offensive names and purposeful embarrassment.