Cyberbullying Solicitors in London
Updated on Tuesday 30th July 2019
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From the beginning, it is important to know that there is no particular law mentioning that cyberbullying is illegal, however, it is considered a criminal offence. Unfortunately, the phenomenon is widespread all over the world, not only in UK, and the authorities are struggling to combat cyberbullying with all sorts of programmes and punishments where it is the case. The Protection from Harassment Act and the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act is the legislation that mentions that cyberbullying is a criminal offence. Our criminal defence solicitors in London are at your service if you want to know more about your rights in this sense. Feel free to talk to our cyberbullying solicitors in London and ask for complete legal advice.
What is cyberbullying?
In a large definition, cyberbullying refers to the attacks and harassment on the internet, through varied channels. Communication on the internet might take place in a different mode, meaning that minors (but also adults) can be verbally abused online, or provoked. Here are a few examples in this sense:
- Repeated messages comprising insulting words can be delivered in public place or privately.
- Upsetting emails or letters containing abusive and offensive messages can hurt someone.
- Stalking a person on the internet enters the cyberbullying category.
- Stealing the identity and using it without consent on the internet to harass someone is a criminal offence.
Persons who have been victims of cyberbullying should talk to one of our lawyers. It is good to know that immediate legal advice is provided by our cyberbullying solicitors in London.
Being a victim on the internet
The internet develops in a fast manner, so cyberbullying can take different forms. In most cases, children and teenagers are vulnerable and victims of cyberbullying. Even though the parents are in charge of controlling the activities of their children on the internet, there are numerous cases in which minors easily turn into victims. Unfortunately, the police do not consider cyberbullying a priority, so online offences might be treated with less urgency. It is though needed to take civil action and ask for legal advice from our cyberbullying solicitors in London. Our criminal lawyers in London are at your disposal if you want to know your rights in this direction and if you need legal representation in front of the authorities. The same thing is available for persons accused of cyberbullying who must solicit legal support if a civil lawsuit takes place.
What to do in cases of cyberbullying?
In many cases, the first thing to do is to not engage in a conversation or action that offends you right from the start. If the case gets serious, the next thing to do is to ask that person to stop harassing you. Moreover, you can keep the record of trolling, print the conversation and make a complaint to the police if the situation aggravates. In this direction, you can ask our criminal defence lawyers in London for legal advice. Our team of advisors can take legal action, not before a consultation with the parents takes place, alongside with the parents, if minors are involved.
Support offered by our criminal defence solicitors in London
Cyberbullying is a form of defamation on the internet, and the type of harassment that affects many people all over the world, and unfortunately lots of children. In cases of minors involved in cyberbullying attacks, the parents will have to provide all the support and will have talk to one of our criminal defence solicitors in London. They will help you report the case to the police, issue a claim for harassment, convincing website operators to remove the offending content and get in touch with the Crown Prosecution if an investigation needs to be started. All your rights, in this case, will be explained by our cyberbullying solicitors in London.
Short facts about cyberbullying in UK
Cyberbullying is for sure a worrying phenomenon anywhere in the world, not only in UK. The following numbers and statistics reveal only a part of the problems related to cyberbullying, as a result of a survey over approximately 9,000 young people in 2018:
- a person was harassed on the internet every 3 minutes, according to the study;
- respondents aged between 12-20 are the most vulnerable on the internet;
- 22% of interviewed persons have been harassed in the past 12 months;
- 28% of individuals part of the survey told they self-harmed because of depression after harassment.
If you are a victim of cyberbullying or a person accused of harassment, feel free to contact our team of criminal defence solicitors in London and find out more about the legal support we can provide.