Cyberbullying Resources

Late last year, my anti-cyberbullying bill, House Bill 5017, was signed into law, becoming Public Act 457, and went into effect on March 27, 2019. Cyberbullying now a crime. 

“Cyberbully” includes posting a message or statement in a public media forum about any other person if both of the following apply:

• The message or statement is posted with the intent to communicate a threat or with knowledge that it will be viewed as a threat.

• “Pattern of harassing or intimidating behavior” means a series of 2 or more separate non-continuous acts of harassing or intimidating behavior.

• “Public media forum” means the internet or any other medium designed or intended to be used to convey.

You can also view my PSA on the anti-cyberbullying law here.

If you or a loved one have been a victim of cyberbullying, you should contact your local law enforcement office.

You can find contact information for your police or sheriff’s department here.

First Offense

•      Up to 93 days in jail and/or max fine of $500

Prior Convictions

•      Up to 1 year in jail and/or max fine of $,1000

Harassment that causes injury

•     Up to 5 years sentence and/or $5,000 fine

Harassment that causes death

•     Up to 10 years in jail for felony and/or $10,000 fine