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Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act (H.R. 1966)

Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act (H.R. 1966)

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Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act - Amends the federal criminal code to impose criminal penalties on anyone who transmits in interstate or foreign commerce a communication intended to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to another person, using electronic means to support severe, repeated, and hostile behavior.

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Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act - Amends the federal criminal code to impose criminal penalties on anyone who transmits in interstate or foreign commerce a communication intended to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to another person, using electronic means to support severe, repeated, and hostile behavior.

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:HR01966:@@@L&summ2=m&

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I
111
TH
CONGRESS1
ST
S
ESSION
 
H. R. 1966
To amend title 18, United States Code, with respect to cyberbullying.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 A 
PRIL
2, 2009Ms. L
INDA 
T. S
 A 
´
NCHEZ
of California (for herself, Ms. K 
 APTUR
, Mr. Y
 ARMUTH
, Ms. R
OYBAL
-A 
LLARD
, Mrs. C
 APPS
, Mr. B
ISHOP
of New York,Mr. B
RALEY
of Iowa, Mr. G
RIJALVA 
, Mr. H
 ARE
, Mr. H
IGGINS
, Mr.C
LAY
, Mr. S
 ARBANES
, Mr. D
 AVIS
of Illinois, Mr. C
OURTNEY
, and Mr.
IRK 
) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committeeon the Judiciary 
A BILL
To amend title 18, United States Code, with respect tocyberbullying.
 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-
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tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
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This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Megan Meier
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Cyberbullying Prevention Act’’.
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SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
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Congress finds the following:
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HR 1966 IH
(1) Four out of five of United States children
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aged 2 to 17 live in a home where either they or
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their parents access the Internet.
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(2) Youth who create Internet content and use
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social networking sites are more likely to be targets
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of cyberbullying.
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(3) Electronic communications provide anonym-
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ity to the perpetrator and the potential for wide-
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spread public distribution, potentially making them
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severely dangerous and cruel to youth.
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(4) Online victimizations are associated with
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emotional distress and other psychological problems,
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including depression.
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(5) Cyberbullying can cause psychological harm,
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including depression; negatively impact academic
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performance, safety, and the well-being of children
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in school; force children to change schools; and in
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some cases lead to extreme violent behavior, includ-
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ing murder and suicide.
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(6) Sixty percent of mental health professionals
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 who responded to the Survey of Internet Mental
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Health Issues report having treated at least one pa-
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tient with a problematic Internet experience in the
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previous five years; 54 percent of these clients were
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18 years of age or younger.
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SEC. 3. CYBERBULLYING.
1
(a) I
N
G
ENERAL
.—Chapter 41 of title 18, United
2
States Code, is amended by adding at the end the fol-
3
lowing:
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‘‘§881. Cyberbullying
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‘‘(a) Whoever transmits in interstate or foreign com-
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merce any communication, with the intent to coerce, in-
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timidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress
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to a person, using electronic means to support severe, re-
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peated, and hostile behavior, shall be fined under this title
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or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
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‘‘(b) As used in this section—
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‘‘(1) the term ‘communication’ means the elec-
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tronic transmission, between or among points speci-
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fied by the user, of information of the user’s choos-
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ing, without change in the form or content of the in-
16
formation as sent and received; and
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‘‘(2) the term ‘electronic means’ means any 
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equipment dependent on electrical power to access
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an information service, including email, instant mes-
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saging, blogs, websites, telephones, and text mes-
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sages.’’.
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(b) C
LERICAL
 A 
MENDMENT
.—The table of sections
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at the beginning of chapter 41 of title 18, United States
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