With the increase in availability of Internet access, text messaging, and email, it is easier than ever for young people to be victims of or perpetrators of cyberbullying. Parents need to stay connected with their child's school to see what programs, instruction, or procedures are in place for educating students about digital citizenship. This is part of the National Education Technology Standards, or NET Standards, that school districts are required to include in their local curriculum.
Here in Missouri, legislators have been working on this issue at least since 2008. There is a bill requiring school districts to have a policy which specifically addresses cyberbullying and establish just action regarding cases reported. Springfield R-12 Schools has such a policy in place to address several types of harassment. Most area schools have similar policies in place, which are available for public viewing either on the district's website or from the school office. There is currently a new bill being referred to committee in the state legislature which includes specific details about school board policy relating to cyberbullying.
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