Bullying Laws in California

AB1542, “Jordan’s Law” (October 11, 2017). Makes recording a felony an aggravating factor. “the court may consider, as a factor in aggravation, that the defendant willfully recorded a video of the commission of the violent felony with the intent to encourage or facilitate the offense.” https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB1542 AB 256, Chapter 700 (October 10, 2013). Clarifies role…

Bullying Laws in Georgia

Proposed: “The End to Cyberbullying Act” – includes off campus and cyberbullying http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20112012/110632.pdf SB 250 (2010): http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20092010/107812.pdf: Students found bullying third time in school year are sent to alternative school, requires that policies against bullying be posted in all middle and high schools, re­quires that bullying policies be included in student and parent handbooks. O.C.G.A.…

Bullying Laws in Illinois

H.B. 4207 (signed by governor, Aug 1, 2014; took effect Jan 1, 2015) (Public Act 098-0801 ). “No student shall be subjected to bullying: … (4) through the transmission of information from a computer that is accessed at a nonschool-related location, activity, function, or program or from the use of technology or an electronic device…

Bullying Laws in Indiana

HB 1356 – “Bullying Bill 3.0” – took effect July 1, 2018. “Bullying. Provides that a school corporation is not required to report the number of incidents of bullying in the school corporation’s annual school performance report. Provides that information reported by a school corporation relating to the number of incidents of bullying that occur…

Bullying Laws in Maryland

Criminal Law – Electronic Harassment and Bullying (Grace’s Law 2.0); (Maryland SB103/HB181). Signed by governor April 18, 2019. “Altering prohibited actions relating to electronic harassment of minors; prohibiting a person from maliciously engaging in an electronic communication if the electronic communication, as part of a series of communications, has the effect of intimidating or harassing…

Bullying Laws in Missouri

HB1583 updates existing definitions of bullying to include aggressive behaviors and requires districts to have an anti-bullying policy in place: http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/truly/HB1583T.PDF Missouri Revised Statutes, Chapter 160 (160.775) – http://www.moga.mo.gov/mostatutes/stathtml/16000007751.HTML – “‘Bullying’ means intimidation or harassment that causes a reasonable student to fear for his or her physical safety or property. Bullying may consist of physical…

Bullying Laws in South Dakota

Bullying law signed by the Governor on March 22, 2012.  “Bullying consists of repeated physical, verbal, non-verbal, written, electronic, or any conduct directed toward a student that is so pervasive, severe, and objectively offensive …” “Neither the physical location nor the time of day of any incident involving the use of computers or other electronic…

Bullying Laws in Tennessee

Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-6-1014 (2012) (http://law.justia.com/codes/tennessee/2010/title-49/chapter-6/part-10/49-6-1014/) 49-6-1014. Legislative findings — Safety and civility. The general assembly finds and declares that: (1) A safe and civil environment is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards; (2) Harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyber-bullying, like other disruptive or violent behavior, is conduct that disrupts a…

Bullying Laws in Utah

“State Board of Education Policy R277-613-1 (2009) defines Cyber Bullying as “the use of email, instant messaging, chat rooms, pagers, cell phones or other forms of information technology to deliberately harass, threaten, or intimidate some­one for the purpose of placing a school employee or student in fear of physical harm to the school employee or…

Bullying Laws in West Virginia

As used in this article, “harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any intentional gesture, or any intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act, communication, transmission or threat…” http://www.legis.state.wv.us/WVCODE/Code.cfm?chap=18&art=2C#02C 2001 West Virginia Acts, H.B. 3023, Chap. 103 (W.Va. Code Ann.18-2C-3); http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Text_HTML/2001_SESSIONS/RS/Bills/hb3023%20enr.htm “Synopsis – 2001 West Virginia Acts, H.B. 3023, Chap. 103 Requires county school boards to develop…

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Sextortion

When I think of the term “sextortion” I think of an offense marked by deceit, manipulation, and the callous exploitation of human vulnerability. I think of trust being violated, and I think of absolute heartbreak from the fallout. Finally, I think of wounds from which it seems very hard to recover. It also reminds me…

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Measuring Cyberbullying: Implications for Research

Despite a significant amount of attention by both the academic community and society at large, there continues to exist much confusion about both the conceptual and operational definitions of cyberbullying (and by implication, bullying in general). The trouble with this lack of clarity is that it leads to misinformation and misunderstanding about the phenomena at…

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Cars Kill More Teens than Computers and Cell Phones Combined

University of New Hampshire sociology professor David Finkelhor recently wrote a short, but thought-provoking, commentary that questions the motives of journalists and scholars in their efforts to explain the nature and extent of risks associated with teen technology use. The impetus for this invited-editorial was an article written by Sonia Livingstone and Peter Smith published…