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Monday, June 18, 2012

New York lawmakers to pass state's first cyberbullying law

ALBANY — State lawmakers are expected to pass New York’s first law addressing the growing problem of cyberbullying.
After weeks of intense negotiations, Gov. Cuomo submitted late Friday night an anti-cyberbullying bill that lawmakers are scheduled to take up before ending the legislative session on Thursday.
The bill requires schools to develop proper protocol to deal with complaints of email, texting or online harassment and designate an official to handle investigations.
Districts will also have to develop preemptive measures to prevent recurrences and create age-appropriate curriculum for students from kindergarten to 12th grade on “safe, responsible use of Internet and electronic communications” as well as “civility, citizenship and character education.”
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