NZ may outlaw cyberbullying

A recent ABC report that New Zealand’s government may make cyberbullying a criminal offence is of great interest.

The new digital communications offence would outlaw grossly offensive or menacing comments which cause harm.

It would apply to people older than 14 years and would carry a maximum penalty of three months’ jail or a fine of $US1,600.

The Law Commission says existing laws should also be modified to encompass digital communications.

It is recommending a communications tribunal be established with the power to name and shame offenders and issue take-down orders.

Schools would also be legally required to implement anti-bullying policies and practices.

Read the whole report here.

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