New California Law Addresses Cyber-Bullying

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Decades ago, teens and young adults hung out at the mall, went to skate parks and played sports. Today, socializing has taken the form of surfing the internet or texting with cell phones. With the popularity of social media, teens have access to an open forum of negative comments that can be seen by hundreds, even thousands of people.

Setting up a Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or blog account is easy, and so is posting hurtful comments about peers, teachers and parents. Cyber-bullying has become so prominent that California law will allow schools to suspend students for it or ban them from participating in after school sports activities.

Starting on January 1, 2012 California Assembly Bill 9 prohibits the discrimination and harassment cyber-bullying causes. This Bill also gives schools rights to suspend students, and in certain cases, even expel students who are caught cyber-bullying. This applies to cyber-bullying online or via text messages, including photos and other instances such as:

If you or someone you know is a victim of cyber-bullying, it is advised not to respond and avoid deleting the messages for future evidence.

Contact an attorney for more information about your rights. Victims of cyber-bullying have rights and personal injury lawyers can help with emotional distress or personal injury claims. Attorney Search Network can help you find a cyber-bullying attorney in your area. Contact us for a lawyer referral today.

New Consequences for Elder Abuse Cases
Sometimes the people you trust the most can betray you. This can be especially true when it comes to elderly people who rely on caregivers or trustees to be their financial planners or for their general well-being.

The elderly need to be careful who they choose to be their agents or trustees. They often sign over their assets to those who show care for them, only to fall victim to a common form of elder abuse - financial elder abuse. Financial elder abuse is common and victims are usually lonely, have suffered recent losses, have physical or mental disabilities, and have little or no knowledge of their funds.

As elder abuse continues to be a growing problem with approximately 6 million cases throughout the nation every year, new laws in 2012 are addressing prevention. Effective January 1, 2012, the state of California will allow wage garnishments against those convicted of financial elder abuse or elder abuse of any kind, such as physical abuse, abandonment, neglect and nursing home abuse, of a dependent adult.

If you or someone you know is a victim of elder financial abuse, an elder abuse lawyer can help. Elder abuse lawyers help elders, their family and friends resolve problems and recover monetary or property losses. Attorney Search Network can help you find an elder abuse lawyer who can assist you. Call us today for an elder abuse lawyer referral.

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