Online bullying and its legal aspects with respect to the International Law

Author: Pooja Shrivastav, IME Law College.


In present time, the observations of researchers have said that the people are anxious towards the extension of property in outer space and concerned about the full usage of lands beyond the earth. To rule the activities in outer space, the United Online bullying has severe psychological and legal consequences for the world. Online bullying is an aggressive and intentional behavior over the internet against people who cannot easily defend themselves. The two phenomena may have negative consequences for the physical and psychological health of the victims. Lots of country make a law against online bullying, it does not only victim harass physically, but mentally also. As the use of Internet increases the problem from it also arising. Government and judiciary have to take a look on make a law against online bullying so that people could understand about these.

Online bullying is bullying with the use of digital technology. It can take place on social media, messaging platform, gaming platform and mobile phones. It is harmful to our society. It is repeated behavior aimed at scaring, angering or shaming those who are targeted.

Examples include:

  • Spreading lies about or posting embarrassing photos of someone on social media
  • Sending message to blackmail someone or threats via messaging platforms
  • Impersonating someone and sending mean messages to others on their behalf.

Legal aspect of Online Bullying with respect to theInternational Law

Online bullying became the major problem in the world. This type of bulling has lots of negative impact on children and adolescents. Many of cases, we found adolescent is the victims of online bullying.Lawmakers makes law against online bullying- online bullying has become such a damaging and deadly issues, because lawmakers need to make a strong law against cyber bulling and laws protect to victims from online bullies and to bring these bullies to justice.There are several states, country and territories of the world having strong law against online bullying. Here is an example of some countries having strict laws against this type of cyber crime (online bullying)

  • United Kingdom – Under the communication act, online bulling is result in six months or more in prison and a hefty fine.
  • Australia – Under thefederal nature of law,online bullying laws from country to country and state to state. The laws in each country takes three forms: Action by state,lawsuit by the victim and “articulate of industry codes”.
  • United States – Implement the law against for the punishment of online bullying with the suspension or expulsion.
  • India – Implement the law against online bullying Section 507, 499, 509, 354A and 354D of IPC, Section 66E of IT Act under Indian constitution and time to time after amendment lawmakers make hard laws against these crimes.

Few interesting facts:

  1. The most common type of online bullying is mean comments i.e., 22.5%
  2. 35% of people share screenshots of someoneelse’s status or photo to laugh at them.
  3. 61% of teens who report being bullied say it was because of their appearance.
  4. 56% of online harassment victims report that they had been harassed on Facebook.
  5. 7 in 10 young people experience online bullying before they hit the age of 18.

Platforms where the online bullying occurs the mostare Instagram 42%, Facebook 37%, Snapchat 31%WhatsApp 12%YouTube 10% Twitter 9% etc. Types of games online bullies prefer MMORPGs, Third-person shooter, first person shooter, sports games others.  Online bullying can have serious impacts on the self-esteem and mental health of people who experience it. Such as people who are bulliedonline develop social anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, deletetheir social media profile, self-harm, stop using social media, skipclass, developed an eating disorder, abused drug or alcohol and much more.

Regulation of social networking sites is hard to put into place. For example, on Facebook more people misuse the social networking platform. There is the idea to remove the particular post but it is impossible to remove it from all place because Facebook is a world level platform. Also, some people use these platforms to embarrass and scare others. Recently that social networking sites have become popular amongst youth.

Prevention of Online Bullying by taking some action

Protect yourself to online bullying may be impossible but if you can take some step so definitely protect yourself to online bullying such as not to add more unknown people your account, before to use any social networking site confirm that it is not to harmful to you and more steps you can take to protect yourself online bullying.


We conclude that online bullying is a world level problem. Government around the world is trying to control and prevent online bullying. The global awareness of the problem is on the rise, and many social media platforms are attempting to put a stop to online bullying as well.



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