David’s Law (Anti-Cyberbullying) [SB 179]
Senate Bill 179, which took effect on September 1st, 2017, modifies the existing definition of bullying and create a new definition for cyberbullying. The law mandates that public and private schools adopt policies relating to cyberbullying, and includes a provision that would require the reporting of potential bullying offenses to local law enforcement.
The act provides that a person commits an offense if the person directs multiple written, oral, or electronic communications toward a child in a manner that is reasonably likely to harass, annoy, alarm, abuse, torment, embarrass, or offend the child, with the intent that the child commit suicide or engage in conduct causing serious bodily injury.
The law was named after 16-year-old student David Molak, who took his own life in January of 2016 after enduring relentless cyberbullying.
Cyber bullying is when one uses information and communication technologies (cell phones, computers, social media, websites) to conduct repetitive, deliberate, harmful and hostile behavior.
What is Cyber Bullying
Multiple occurrences of:
Spreading rumors about a person via social media
Harassing emails, chat & text messages
Posting of pictures/videos with intent to embarrass
What is not Cyber Bullying
Consensually and actively participating in arguments or discussions via the use of information and communication
Isolated comments, jokes, or insults made through electronic means that if said in person would not constitute a pattern of conduct sufficient to constitute bullying.
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