This comment will examine Virginia’s statutory response to the growing problem of cyberbullying, focusing particularly on the bills introduced in the most recent Virginia General Assembly session. Section II will define cyberbullying and other cybercrimes, as well as discuss the effects of this form of harassment and the importance of regulating speech in this manner. Section III will describe current statutes that regulate cyberbullying, as well as the three bills that came before the Virginia General Assembly in its 2011 session. Particularly important is House Bill 2059, which differs from the other two bills not only because it was the only bill of the three to pass the General Assembly, but because it extends its reach of regulation beyond the school yard. Section IV will discuss the two schemes for controlling cyberbullying, legislation and education, and how House Bill 2059 fits in the statutory scheme.
Kelsey Farbotko, Comment, With Great Technology Comes Great Responsibility: Virginia's Legislative Approach to Combating Cyberbullying, 15 Rich. L. J. & Pub. Int. 37 (2011).