Alabama Bill Would Make it a Crime to Annoy Someone Online

Alabama’s House Bill 400 and its companion Senate Bill 356 seek to define “cyberbullying” with intent to criminalize activity relating to it; good intentions. Bad bill. Read the thoughts on the bill here that this group makes – which are dead on.

The problem with cyberbullying legislation is that it has to be written to be specific and not conflict with those who will stand up for the bullies under the guise of “freedom of speech” (which currently seems to trump another’s right to not be harassed or humiliated online).

Only parents (not the government) can really put and end to cyberbullying. They are the only proactive measure – everything else is poor reaction. PC Pandora monitoring software will let you know if your child is a cyberbully…

March 6, 2012
Alabama Bill Would Make it a Crime to Annoy Someone Online
Author: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

Well-intentioned? Probably. Unconstitutional? Definitely. Alabama’s House Bill 400 and its companion Senate Bill 356 seek to define “cyberbullying” to criminalize, amongst other things: (1) transmitting, posting, displaying or disseminating, through electronic communications “with the intent to harass, annoy, or alarm,” (2) any communication, image, or information, which is (3) based on the actual or perceived traits of the recipient, and (4) that as a result (a) “has a substantial and detrimental effect on that person’s physical or mental health,” (b) “has the effect of substantially interfering with that person’s academic performance, employment, or other community activities or responsibilities,” or (c) “has the effect of causing substantial embarrassment or humiliation within an academic or professional community.” Read more ›


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