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Parents may be Liable for Children’s Facebook Use

In Georgia, a child created a false Facebook profile, defaming one of his classmates. When the classmate found out, she told her parents, who complained to the principle. The child was punished with two days of in-school suspension and his parents were alerted. His parents grounded him for a week.

However, the Facebook page he made remained active for the next eleven months. It was not until the parents of the girl urged Facebook to deactivate the account.

The Georgia Court of Appeals found that the parent’s negligence could have proximately caused some of the injury suffered by the defamed classmate. The attorney for the boy’s parents plans to appeal the case to the Georgia Supreme Court.

If you have a legal issue surrounding your child, call us for a free consultation. We can assist you in determining what your legal rights are.

For more information on this case in Georgia, see this article: http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2014/10/15/parents-may-be-liable-for-what-their-kids-post-on-facebook-court-rules/?mod=newsreel

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