Florida instituted new rules to prevent cyberbullying this school year, with clear procedures for reporting it, even anonymously, and detailed consequences for perpetrators, according toin the St. Petersburg Times.
The article highlights the extra steps being taken in the Pinellas and Hillsborough districts to head off online bullies and stalkers.
More and more districts are taking cyberbullying, and prevention of this type of harassment, seriously. A federal law passed in the fall, in fact, requires schools that receive E-rate funding to have an education campaign about such online behaviors. But most schools and districts are still trying to get a handle on the potential for bullies using the Internet and social networking tools against classmates and teachers.
Has your school or district recognized this as a problem? What is being done about it?
A version of this news article first appeared in the Digital Education blog.