New Hampshire State Representatives have sponsored a bill to update and improve the state's anti-bullying laws. According to the Portsmouth Herald’s
January article this bill could make a stronger more up-to-date law that takes cyber-bullying
into account. This is just the latest community response to stem the incidence of students leveraging the internet as another means of bullying.
Stories of cyber-bullying, stalking, or other types of dangerous social networking related incidents have been reported across the globe and contribute to present day parental angst. While bullying is not new--social networking sites have created an extremely effective means of spreading rumors.
As I have mentioned in previously, McAfee
, and others offer software features which allow parents an additional means of safeguarding their children. By setting up rules to detect when specific information is being typed or emailed parents help re-enforce safe online behavior. All of these vendors also state that education is the key to guiding and protecting early online experiences. Having a dialogue with kids and discussing the right and wrong way to use these sites is part of every parent’s job today. A couple of websites with up to date information about cyberbullying are www.stopcyberbullyingnow.org
Working with lawmakers to modernize existing laws also sends a message to parents, school administrators, and children that society will not tolerate cyber-bullying.