A teenage girl is assaulted at a party while too drunk to stand up. One of her assailants posts a photo of her in a state of undress on his Facebook page. People outraged by the attack and the photo dig up the boy’s name, address, and social network profiles, posting and tweeting the data with messages
Question: My name is similar to that of a person accused of “upskirting” women in the city where I live. I have never used my phone to take sneak photos up ladies’ skirts, but an online anti-harassment group named me as the culprit! I am now getting unbelievable, threatening hate emails and tweets.
Question: My son was bullied at school and the school did nothing. If I pass the names of the students along to a bully shaming group online, could I get in trouble? Answer: Yes, you could. Online Anti-Harassment Groups Online anti-bullying activists include a wide spectrum of individuals, motivations,
Question: I’m a junior in high school and my life is ruined. I went to a party last weekend and drank so much I don’t remember what happened. Some boys who were there have sent around photos of me shirtless and making out with one of them. My best friend wants to sic Anonymous on them. I just want
Question: My husband and I are doctors in Nashville and vocal advocates of the importance of childhood vaccines. We’ve spoken at seminars and written on the topic. Now we are online targets of bothan angry and, at times, threatening anti-vaccine group, and the heroes of the pro-vaccine bloggers.
We all live in an increasingly digital world. We use our cell phones, computers, and tablets daily (if not constantly) and social media “connects” us to the wider world with the tap of a finger. Laws, too, are always changing as lawmakers respond to new technologies and how people use them.
Question: My daughter is in 8th grade at a public school in Miami. Lately, she has been the butt of some very mean verbal attacks and tweets by a group of popular girls who have her in their sights for some reason. I talked to a counselor at the school but she wasn’t much help. Does the law require the school to step in?
Question: I teach in a high school in Anchorage. While walking the halls a couple weeks ago, I saw three senior boys surround a younger boy and shove him around while calling him homophobic names. I reported the incident as required by our school’s anti-bullying policy.