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Floridas new Cyber-bullying law.

Original post made by Terry on May 30, 2013

Florida gov. just signed a bill (HB 609) which allows schools to punish cyberbullying on school-owned computers or networks and allow school officials to act more broadly if an action "substantially interferes with or limits" a student's ability to learn, that is if they see the kid using their own phone or tablet to bully.

Things that can be considered cyberbullying include the creation of a web site in order to impersonate someone else, or things like posting threats in a way that can be viewed by more than one person.

The law goes into effect July 1.

Why is California not doing the same thing. Cyber-bullying is way more dangerous than old-fashioned bullying because it is so much more widely heard.

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