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BEV BUTULA: Site focuses on cyberbullying laws

The Cyberbullying Research Center is “dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents.” The website launched in 2005 and contains a variety of information.

The “Resources” page includes tips and guidance for educators, teens and parents, including a guide regarding the preservation of cyberbullying evidence. The website also includes a blog and data from various studies conducted by the directors of the center.

The item of most interest to me was the State Cyberbullying Law fact sheet. It is basically a 50-state survey outlining bullying legislation. The summary sheet identifies if a state has bullying laws and if it includes cyberbullying or electronic harassment. It further outlines if the legislation imposes sanctions and if it includes off-campus behaviors.

The review then provides a brief state by state summary of the specific statutory sections or bill numbers.

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  1. The laws regarding cyberbullying are a joke in many states. The problem comes down to the victim often has to hire a lawyer, who charges them thousands of dollars, to acquire an IP address. The law that needs to change is the federal law called the Communications Decency Act Section 230 that states people can’t sue a web company directly. In the case of such gossip, filth driven sites like Formspring, Topix, and others the companies knowingly allow bullying for profit. Until you start hitting companies in the pocketbook, it will only get worse. I realize you can’t stop all of it but there are companies like Topix that don’t even require registration. They could start with that. This stuff is dangerous and out of control.

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