In April, the Department of Justice issued a report that found that trolls and online harassment are a serious problem in the U.S. and are increasing the risk of suicide.
The report found that online abuse and harassment have the potential to lead to suicidal thoughts and actions and that this can lead to the loss of a child’s sense of self-worth, which can lead a parent to take their child to the hospital or even to kill themselves.
“This report also highlights the need for a comprehensive and holistic approach to combatting online bullying, harassment, and cyberbullying,” the report reads.
“There is no silver bullet for combating these issues, but effective prevention strategies must include targeted support for victims and families, coordinated resources, effective enforcement and community engagement, and robust data collection and analysis.”
In addition, the DOJ report found there are no federal policies for combating online harassment.
“The problem of online bullying and harassment remains largely untapped and under-investigated,” the Justice Department said in the report.
The report notes that in the past few years, there has been an uptick in bullying online, with many states passing laws to make it easier for people to report online bullying.
In 2016, Congress enacted the Cyberbullying Prevention Act of 2017, which was passed by the House of Representatives and signed into law by President Donald Trump in June.
The Cyberbullies Prevention Act is currently under review in the Senate.