The Seattle Police Department is working with Seattle Public Schools to teach students about the consequences of cyberbullying and sexting.
“Cyberbullying is against the law. The crime is called cyberstalking. It is a misdemeanor,” says Stephanie Thomas, with the Seattle Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. “One of the things I tell the kids is that this is against the law. I read them the definition and we go through what would constitute being cyberstalking.”
Thomas says introducing the legal consequences can be a strong incentive for students to avoid the behavior. “Sexting especially, kids aren’t thinking about the consequences to that behavior, and once we talk about the legal ramifications they’re all kind of oohing and aahing.”