Educational Technology

December 28, 2010

New legislation also targets cyberbullying

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

By Alex Bloom, Eagle-Tribune

New legislation, signed earlier this year, defines cyberbullying as bullying through technology — text messages, e-mails, Facebook posts — that creates a hostile learning environment for another student or infringes on the rights of a student at school. While cyberbullying might happen outside school walls, the new legislation empowers school administrators to act to correct a problem that spills over into their buildings. “We believe it’s a good thing,” Viscosi said. “If (cyberbullying) is truly impacting kids and their access to education, that’s our business.” The legislation comes on the heels of what Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett calls a “precipitous rise” in criminal cases resulting from cyberbullying — which can involve threats and identity theft.

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