Bullying has always been a cause for concern among young people in our country. However, in the era of social media and constant internet use, that concern has become heightened. Cyberbullying, which has become more prevalent in recent years, is a form of bullying that occurs through electronic devices such as phones or computers, and often takes place over social media, text, email, and gaming platforms according to Security.org. Additionally, cyberbullying often take the form of sending or sharing harmful or malicious content about someone to embarrass them. Often times, the content is shared anonymously, which makes cyberbullying not only concerning, but difficult to punish. In fact, as of January 2020, 44 percent of all internet users in the U.S. said that they’ve experienced online harassment or a form of cyberbullying. Under Mississippi law, an individual who engages in cyberbullying can face charges for cyberstalking, sending obscene or harassing electronic communications, stalking, and aggravated stalking.
What is Cyberstalking?
Similar to cyberbullying, cyberstalking is a related crime that involves the use of electronic communication to harass or threaten someone with some type of physical harm. Cyberstalking occurs when an offender uses any form of electronic communication (most commonly email, messaging, or texting) to: