How to deal with cyber bullying

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How to deal with cyber bullying

One of the most prevalent forms of bullying is online bullying, cyber bullying as it’s otherwise called. When a parent is involved in a situation their child is being bullied or cyber bullied, generally the school is going to take the position that since it’s happening offsite, after school hours, not on school property that the school really has no responsibility to rectify it and can’t do anything about it. This isn’t necessarily an unreasonable position. Imagine if every time children were involved in something after hours, the school became necessarily involved in int. So it’s not per se unreasonable. Generally the law across the country is if the activity online is so pervasive and causes such a disruption to the child or the school’s activities that it becomes their duties, then they will get involved. That’s the test that schools usually look for. How prevalent is the activity? How pervasive is the activity? How damaging is it? How disruptive is it to the school’s day to day activities? If it is an activity that’s very disruptive, they’re more likely to get involved and ask the bully to stop doing what they’re doing. States by and large are starting to enact laws that give parents an alternative way of dealing with cyber bullying. For example, some states are now enacting legislation that will allow parents to make a request to the website provider directly to take down information, photos, messages, posts, tweets, pings – name the noun. As a parent you can reach out to the website operator and make a demand on the basis that your child is under 18 and that the material is harassing, abusive, in some cases pornographic. And by and large website operators do respond when it’s a situation that it’s a minor involved in cyber bullying.

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Rabeh M. A. Soofi is a managing attorney of a Los Angeles, California-based law firm.  Rabeh spent most of her career at a large national law firm of 300+ attorneys representing Fortune 500 companies, multi-national corporations, government agencies, and other high-profile clients in multi-million and billion dollar disputes.  Rabeh has a broad practice which spans multiple practice areas, serving diverse clients including individuals, families, children  and numerous others.  Rabeh is recognized as one of the “Top Women Lawyers” in Southern California by SuperLawyers and Los Angeles Magazine, as well as being honored multiple times as a “Top Attorney – Rising Star” by SuperLawyers, awarded to only 2.5% of attorneys under 40.  Rabeh is rated as a “Superb” lawyer by, and ranked 10 / 10 for her experience, industry recognition, and professional conduct.  Rabeh has been recognized as a “Future Star” by Euromoney’s Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Firms and Attorneys.Rabeh has provided legal commentary and interviews on a variety of legal matters and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Public Radio International, Yahoo! Channel Seven, Orange County’s KM 640 AM, Random House, ALM /, Digital Journal, RFI – Radio France Internationale, Times Dispatch, Malaysia Star Online, National Law Review, Georgetown University Law Center, Lexis-Nexis, American Bar Association, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Iowa Gazette, and others media outlets.Rabeh received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame, and two undergraduate degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Michigan. She received legal training in the City of Chicago’s Corporate Counsel’s office, and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at California Law School.Rabeh has provided over 700+ hours of pro bono service to individuals, families, and children of modest means, and has s volunteered substantial time and provided financial assistance to support a variety of charitable organizations, holding leadership positions in several, including  the Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Law Center / Kid’s Voice, Homeless Shelter Legal Aid Project, Mid East West Foundation, List Project, IMANI Aid Foundation, Mid East West Foundation, Heartland Pro Bono Council, Habitat for Humanity, Wounded Warrior, and others.

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