Cyberbullying

Florida recognizes that cyberbullying is a serious problem and a crime. 

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The state defines it very broadly — as any bullying behavior over electronic methods. This means cyber bullying can include unwanted, aggressive messages sent through social media, texts, chat, faxes and more.


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Hurtful words shared online are much more than simply words sent over cyberspace. In many cases, they can have a lasting effect. You may have heard about cyberbullying in the news or may have heard about “trolls” — the online name for people who try to stir up trouble or who harass people online in so-called “fun.”  

But if someone is sending you harassing messages through social media or is sending your child abusive messages via text or some other means of communication, what laws apply to your case?

Stalking laws in Florida cover cyberbullying, so repeated and willful instances of online bullying can lead to misdemeanor charges or even felony charges (if threats are made).

Misdemeanor cyberbullying can lead to fines of $1,000 and up to one year in prison. Felony cyberbullying can lead to a maximum of $5000 in fines and up to five years in prison.

Cyberbullying leave emotional scars, erode self-esteem and even lead to depression. Some young people have claimed their lives because of the intensity of this crime. It’s not simply hurtful words — it’s a form of abuse, and at WeidnerLAW we treat it as such.

If you are looking for a Florida cyberbullying lawyer, contact our compassionate team to fight back against harassers.

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Cyberbullying can affect anyone

Cyberbullies do tend to target teens and children most often, and the focus of most educational campaigns surrounding this topic focus on young people. However, anyone can become a victim of cyberbullying, cyberstalking or even workplace bullying. It’s important to know the laws and to stay aware of any bullying behavior in communications you receive.

We all have a role to play in stopping it. If you have children, talk to them about it. Make it clear that it’s a crime and not just a harmless joke. Encourage your children to come to you if they are the victims or if they see any instances of bullying online. Often, victims are embarrassed or ashamed of the messages that are sent to them and don’t share the information with anyone. In some cases, they may be threatened or they may feel so isolated that they believe there is no way out. Bystanders sometimes see bullying take place but fail to act.​

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What can you do to stop the bullying?

Make it clear to your children that there are solutions for cyberbullying and explain that perpetrators can be held responsible and even prosecuted in the courts for their actions. Don’t tolerate cyberbullying you witness — no one deserves to be bullied.

If you have had hateful messages or aggressive messages directed at you in Florida, contact WeidnerLAW. By seeking cyberstalking legal support in Florida you can empower yourself and prevent cybercriminals from targeting others.

At WeidnerLAW, we believe that holding trolls and cyberbullies accountable to the full extent of the law can help erase bullying from our broadband, our phones and our computers. If you or a loved one have been the victim of cyber bullying, contact WeidnerLAW for a consultation. We can help advise you as to how the law affects your case, and we may be able to seek action against those who have been harassing you online.

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In The Media

cyberbullying suicide

Story of a teen who committed suicide due to cyberbullying

The mother of the 15-year-old sent her to clean her room Sunday afternoon, not knowing that would be the last time she would see her alive. Minutes later, the mom went to look for her daughter, Tovonna.

“I go to the bathroom; I couldn’t get in the bathroom. The bathroom light was off so I tried to get in and I looked down and I saw the puddle of blood. I tried to apply the pressure, the pressure to her head. I tried to save her,” 

You don’t have to suffer in silence. Legal help is available for you.

Contact us for a free case review and we can go over the Florida laws with you on cyberbullying, cyber stalking, bullying and harassment.