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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 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:

Cyberbullying is a serious offense in Mississippi, and state legislators impose harsh penalties on those who are guilty of this crime, regardless of their age. These penalties have become more strict in recent years, and as a result, more people are being charged with cyberbullying. What will happen to your child if they are charged with this crime? Could they be sent to jail? 


If your child has been charged with cyberbullying, you need the help of a qualified, experienced criminal defense attorney in Mississippi. Although you might assume that this is just “kids being kids,” the state may take this crime much more seriously than you would expect. A Mississippi criminal defense attorney can help ensure your child’s rights and future are protected. 

An act of cyberbullying against a student is a misdemeanor in Mississippi, and it traditionally results in a fine of up to $500 and a jail sentence of up to six months. However, the case is handled by the juvenile court when a defendant is younger than 17. 

Stalking is another related crime and this misdemeanor can result in a one-year jail sentence and a fine of up to $1,000. Aggravated stalking is a felony that may result in a five-year prison sentence. Once again, different sentences may apply if the defendant is younger than 17. However, this crime also has the potential to become more serious if the victim was younger than 18 years old. 

Cyberstalking can be even more serious than stalking in the state of Mississippi. If convicted, your child faces a felony conviction and a prison sentence of up to two years. 

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