Cyberbullying laws in oklahoma
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1. Unsafe environments, potential solutions for students, teachers, and staff to escape physical and emotional harm at school, student victimization, crime prevention, school abuse, and other problems that prevent a healthy school from being maintained;
4. Methods to encourage community and student involvement, the development of individual relationships between students and school staff, and the use of problem-solving teams and resources, such as counselors and other behavioral health and suicide prevention resources inside or outside the school system; and It is also the intention of the Legislature to encourage school districts to…
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Unfortunately, there are currently no federal regulations in effect in the United States that combat bullying. However, numerous groups and organizations, like ETCB, are doing a lot of lobbying to get laws passed that address this problem.
The Student Harassment Prevention Act, found in Ala. Code Sec. 16-28B, allows public schools to enact measures to discourage harassment of one student by another. It also mandates that the State Department of Education adopt a model policy for colleges, and allocates $10,000 for implementation in fiscal year 2010-2011.
While Alaska does not have a law specifically addressing cyberbullying, Alaska Stat. 11.61.120 is an anti-harassment statute that defines electronic threats to another person’s physical well-being as harassment.
While Arizona does not have a cyberbullying law, the state governing board must develop and implement policies and procedures to prevent abuse, coercion, and bullying of other students in school or at any school-related activity or event.
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We’ve also heard about the epidemic of cyberbullying by now. Cyberbullying is described as any form of harassment that occurs through the use of electronic technology, such as cell phones, computers, and tablets. Text, talk, blogs, and social media can all be used for cyberbullying.
Civil and criminal litigation are currently restricted and ill-equipped to deal with technology-based abuse that leads to suicide. Because of the conflicts with free expression, there are no federal laws, regulations, or school penalties against cyberbullying in general (see HR1966). On the other hand, on the sovereign state level, all fifty states have some kind of legislation dealing with bullying in general, and forty-eight of them have strict penalties for cyber abuse. Twelve to eighteen of those that contain prohibitions against cyber abuse also include criminal penalties.
While regulations differ by state, it is clear that the policies in place prioritize the school as the first line of defense. Seth’s Rule, for example, was passed in California in 2011 in reaction to the suicide of thirteen-year-old Seth Walsh, who committed suicide after being cyberbullied because of his sexual orientation. Students who engage in cyberbullying may be suspended or permanently expelled under Seth’s rule. On the other side, Oklahoma’s anti-bullying legislation takes a different approach, allowing schools to keep internal reports for potential police investigation.
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Cyberbullying can be much more traumatizing than conventional forms of bullying since there is no physical contact or audible insults. Bullying can now be seen by many of a child’s peers, relatives, and associates thanks to social media and mobile communications. As a result, bullying’s humiliation, guilt, and other more serious effects can become even more intense.
Consider what would happen if a high school student took an unflattering photo of a classmate and sent it to all of her peers (via text message) with hurtful comments. Suddenly, more than half of the target student’s classmates are teasing her. As a result, rather than being a single incident of bullying, it always takes on a life of its own.
There were no concrete cyberbullying laws in place until the mid-2000s. However, lawmakers have not been oblivious to the growing number of high-profile events, some of which have resulted in tragic outcomes (suicides and school shootings, for instance). Few states have passed legislation, but many of these laws rely on school administrators to enforce them. As a result, cyberbullying is often viewed as a civil matter rather than a criminal one.