Parents and educators need to know what the law is related to cyberbulling. Policy and legislation surrounding “cyberharassment” and cyber crimes, in my eyes, will have to be an ever evolving entity due to rapidly changing technology. I’ve linked an article at the bottom that highlights 5 of the key components in a new law, Act  26, in Pennsylvania that gives law enforcement more grounds to work from when dealing with “cyberharassment”. What I like about this new law, from the outline I have seen in this article, is that prevention work and educating youth is stressed over immediate punishment.

Enjoy the article. Be sure to download the resource guide on this site. It has links to great organizations such as the Cyberbullying Research Center.

In closing I think of this quote*.
“If a child doesn’t know how to read, we teach.
If a child doesn’t know how to swim, we teach.
If a child doesn’t know how to multiply, we teach.
If a child doesn’t know how to drive, we teach.
If a child doesn’t know how to behave,  we…   ?
Why can’t we finish the last sentence as automatically as we do the others?”

+ Cyberbullying of Children Becomes a Punishable Offense in PA

– Ryan

*This quote has been linked to various names: Rob Horner, Rob Herner, Tom Herner and John Herner. I was unable to trace to it’s true original source. Thank you for whoever came up with this quote.

During my trainings, I discuss cyberbullying and try to have the audience think outside of text messages or Facebook posts. I discuss meme bullying,  fake chat logs and apps used to send anonymous texts to others. I found this article related to a different kind of cyberbulling that can occur primarily on Twitter. It’s referred to as subtweeting. I like this article because it gives you an understandable definition of subtweeting and suggestions for how what to do if this occurs to your child and and tips to help educate youth not to engage in subtweeting.
– Ryan