New Del. laws target cyberbullying
DOVER, Del. — State officials are strengthening efforts to crack down on the bullying and cyberbullying of Delaware school students.
Gov. Jack Markell has signed a law that expands reporting requirements for incidents of school bullying.
Under existing law, school districts must report substantiated cases of bullying to the state Department of Education. The new law requires reporting all incidents of bullying, regardless of whether they are substantiated by local officials.
Another bill signed by Markell on July 27 calls for a uniform statewide policy on cyberbullying to be adopted by all public schools.
Cyberbullying is verbal bullying conducted online, often through social media.
Officials have said the attorney general’s office would develop a carefully crafted cyberbullying policy that respects the free-speech rights of students when they are not at school.
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