On July 10, 2015, Governor Wolf signed Act 26 of 2015 into law, resulting in the creation of a new crime: Cyber Harassment of a Child (18 PA.C.S. §2709 (a.1)).
Cyber harassment of a child is committed when another person repeatedly contacts a child through electronic means (such as through text messages, instant messages or through social media services) with the intent to harass, annoy or alarm the child and makes seriously harmful comments about the child or threatens to harm the child.
It is important for students and parents to realize that cyberbullying behaviors can now be criminally charged as a misdemeanor offense under this new law.
Parents should discuss household rules about online activity with their children, and remind them not to engage in mean, harmful messages about or to others.
For more information on bullying go to:
Center for Safe Schools: http://www.safeschools.info/bullying-prevention
Federal Stopbullying: http://www.stopbullying.gov/
Cyberbullying Research Center: http://cyberbullying.us/