Cyber bullies face very serious consequences. Here are potential consequences if found guilty:
• Criminal charges: In Australia, the Commonwealth Criminal Code makes an offense of using a carriage service (such as a mobile phone service or the Internet) in a way that is menacing, harassing or offensive. The maximum penalty for committing the offense is three years imprisonment, but there have not been cases brought under this law for cyber bullying. In the UK, if the bullying is serious enough, there are existing laws that can apply, such as harassment.
• School sanctions: Schools in Europe take cyber bullying very seriously. In the United Kingdom, for example, schools have government-mandated zero tolerance policies for bullying, including cyber bullying.
• Internet Service Provider (ISP) account closure and/or banishment.