In The News: Cyberbullying Students Arrested But Not Charged in Fla

Students arrested last month, will not face criminal charges for making death threats against another student on Facebook. Instead, they will participate in a diversionary program which reportedly sets curfews and limits their use of the Internet – and “if they follow the rules, they won’t be charged.”

The diversionary program is part of Florida’s cyber-bullying law. We will watch this case, which should prove a good test of whether diversionary programs like this can help provide legal consequences more appropriate for teens than heavy fines, jail-time, and criminal records.

Many states, including New Jersey and Texas, are considering legislation for sexting which include lesser penalties for teens along with diversionary programs. Some diversionary programs being considered also require parents to attend education programs.

This entry was posted in About Facebook, In the News by Kelly Baig. Bookmark the permalink.

About Kelly Baig

Kelly Baig is a concerned parent of a 13 yo girl and independent marketing consultant with insatiable curiousity about all things online. Kelly runs a successful marketing services firm, WaveBreak Marketing, in operation since 2007. Kelly has over 20 years of experience in B2B marketing, including social media and online communications for clients primarily in high-tech. In her spare time, Kelly can be found training for the triathlon at her local Y, knitting, walking her two Yorkies, and trying to learn how to cook Indian food for her husband.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>