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  • Albany County Cyber Bullying Law: Is It Constitutional?

    The days of traditional bullying on the playground or school bus have transformed into a more technological type of bullying called “cyber-bullying,” as discussed in a recent article by Michael Telfer. Cyber-bullying has increasingly become an extremely serious problem as technology develops. Cyber-bullying not only includes written words in chat rooms and instant messages, but it also includes impersonation through the creation of fake Facebook and MySpace pages. In addition, “happy slapping” has developed as a new means of cyber-bullying. “Happy slapping” involves a victim being physically attacked while the attacker’s accomplice stands by and videotapes or takes pictures of the attack, and the video and/or pictures are then posted on an online site, such as YouTube. Another means of cyber-bullying is where an individual takes pictures of the victim in the locker room, bathroom, or other location, and then posts those pictures online. Online polls, in which readers are asked to vote on humiliating questions about the victim, are also used to cyber-bully.