Lawsuit for Harassment?
Cyberbullying could attract a lawsuit for a school or other educational institution. The Internet is the new medium for harassment. Churches, libraries, community centers (places with shared computers) and the like need to supervise electronic communication (text, instant message (IM), Facebook, Myspace, Youtube and other social network site chat) today as they have supervised hallways and playgrounds in the past.
Institutions like schools are at risk of liability if they are negligent about harassment. Casey County, Kentucky, schools agreed to pay five students a total of $110,000 to settle a lawsuit for failing to deal with old-fashioned bullying. A more modern version of that same lawsuit would involve (at least in part) harassment via electronic communication.
Now that computer communication is the norm, Internet monitoring grows more compulsory for teachers and administrators.
–Ben Wright – Instructor on Computer Law at the SANS Institute.
Mr. Wright maintains other blogs on Internet law