When your child is being bullied via the internet there is also law in New Jersey which affords your child protection via New Jersey’s Cyber harassment laws. A person commits cyber-harassment much the same as in the “the dreaded walk/bus ride home” scenario. Except now the “cyber-bully” can continue their abhorrent behavior, virtually, through the internet and cyber space with the same purpose to emotionally harm your child.
N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4.1, specifies that a person commits the crime of cyber-harassment if, while making a communication in an online capacity via any electronic device or through a social networking site and with the purpose to harass another, the person:
(1) threatens to inflict injury or physical harm to any person or the property of any person;
(2) knowingly sends, posts, comments, requests, suggests, or proposes any lewd, indecent, or obscene material to or about a person with the intent to emotionally harm a reasonable person or place a reasonable person in fear of physical or emotional harm to his person; or
(3) threatens to commit any crime against the person or the person’s property.