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Teen Cyberbullying Investigated

Where Do Your Rights End and Consequences Begin?


Judge Tom Jacobs presents a powerful collection of landmark court cases involving teens and charges of cyberbullying and cyberharassment. This riveting, informative guide will help young people understand what cyberbullying is and is not, recognize when they may be its victims or perpetrators, and learn tactics for successfully dealing with it.

What is cyberbullying? Cyberbullying includes:

  • sending harassing or threatening emails, voicemails, texts, or instant messages to someone
  • spreading hateful comments about someone through emails, blogs, social media, or chat rooms
  • stealing passwords and sending threatening messages using a false identity
  • building a website to target specific people

What can young people do about this new type of teenage bullying? Judge Jacobs shares a wealth of knowledge, ideas, suggestions, and expert opinions honed from his years as a juvenile court judge, law professor, and author. Each chapter features a seminal cyberbullying case and resulting decision, asks readers whether they agree with the court’s decision, and urges them to think about how the decision affects their lives. Chapters also include related cases, tips, important facts and statistics, and suggestions for further reading.

With an ever-increasing number of serious cases of cyberharassment and school violence, this book is needed more urgently than ever.

Be advised: Subject matter contains profanity. All quotes are taken directly from published court opinions; please consider any offensive language within the context it is presented.

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ISBN: 978-1-57542-339-5
Reading Level: Grades 7 & Up
Interest Level: Ages 12 & up
Guided Reading Level: Z
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 208
Praise for Teen Cyberbullying Investigated
“With the new trends seen in bullying and with more instances of bullying occurring through texting, social networking sites, and email, Jacobs’s book is a must-read. It encourages teens and educators to think about the law and what it might mean for those involved in cyberbullying.”—Communiqué, the newsletter of the National Association of School Psychologists

“Amid all the talk about cyberbullying, Judge Jacobs’s no-nonsense approach cites chapter and verse from actual court cases in a straightforward, thought-provoking way. He’s not out to preach, just to inform teens, parents, and educators about the possible consequences of their actions.”—Youth Today

“Illustrate[s] the basic legal issues behind online teen bullying . . . challenging readers to consider all sides of the issues.”—School Library Journal

“Will leave readers with a clear understanding of the potential consequences of bullying behavior. Dozens of court cases, informative sidebars, and topics to consider are highlighted, making this a must-have guide for teen collections.”—Curriculum Connections, “Noteworthy Nonfiction of 2010,” School Library Journal

“With the new school year upon us, [this book] is a timely read for teen audiences, as well as parents and practitioners.”—The Colorado Lawyer (official publication of the Colorado Bar Association) Reproduced by permission of the Colorado Bar Association from Vol. 39, September 2010, pp. 87–88, © Colorado Bar Association, 2010. All rights reserved.

“This excellent resource is important reading for teens and any adults who have teens in their lives.”—Voice of Youth Advocates

“Read it. It will close the gap between you and what your kids know that you don’t know.”—Dr. Phil McGraw, host of the national Dr. Phil show

“A phenomenal educational tool on cyberbullying . . . I’d recommend it be mandatory reading for middle school and high school students across our nation.”—The Cracked Spine blog

“[Reading Teen Cyberbullying Investigated] was a real eye-opener as to the things people do, the consequences and battles involved, and the rights that individuals have. This book is a wealth of information and I highly recommend it.”—Terra Heck, Heck of a Bunch blogger

“Among books recently published on this topic, this one distinguishes itself by covering more than 50 actual court cases involving teenagers.”—School Library Journal

“Deals with the hot, contemporary topic of online teen harassment, by both teens and by adults.”—Booklist

“A great tool to provoke dialogue and help bridge the ‘digital divide’ between teens and adults.”—Dr. Jenny Walker, president, Cyberbullying Consulting, Ltd.

“Explains the ramifications of teen cyberbullying in a very readable format.”—Stuart Nachbar, Educated Quest blog

“Should be required reading for school administrators, teachers, parents, and young people when exploring the vast and still uncharted territory of the Internet.”—Ian Zack, executive editor, The New York Times Upfront 

“Every teen who has a cell phone or goes online should read this book. It’s as suspenseful as Harry Potter and as scary as Twilight, but these stories are real.”—Mary Beth Tinker, former plaintiff in the famous student free speech case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (U.S. Supreme Court, 1969)

“Thoroughly researched and fascinating. A must-read for young people and their parents and caregivers, not just in the United States, but worldwide.”—Richard Piggin, head of operations at Beatbullying, London, England

“This book is at the forefront of cyberbullying literature. It has the capacity to inform school policy as parents, teachers, and principals race to find solutions for bullies and support for victims.”—Kimberley O’Brien, principal child psychologist, Quirky Kid Clinic, Australia
The Current State of Cyberbullying

Over the past decade, adults and teenagers have been prosecuted for cyberbullying. Whether charged specifically with an act of cyberbullying or an underlying crime of stalking, harassment, intimidation, or threatening someone, law enforcement continues to address this global phenomenon.

Statistics vary on the extent of the problem. It is generally agreed that 10 to 20 percent of teens in the United States are cyberbullied on a regular basis. Globally, it is estimated that 37 percent of eight- to seventeen-year-olds are cyberbullied, with only 20 to 30 percent of cyberbullying cases being reported. The Pew Internet Research Center reports that 95 percent of students have witnessed cyberbullying, with 90 percent of those ignoring it at some point.

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