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Cyberbullying Prevention Law An ADL Model Statute RULE State Involvement

Posted: May 20, 2009

Overview - About the Model Law
Adopt a Policy
Strong Definition
Address Off-Campus Speech
Give Notice
Report & Investigate
Establish Consequences & Provide Counseling
Require Training
State Involvement

The State Board of Education should play a significant role in the implementation of any bullying prevention policy.  School Districts will take their lead from the Superintendents, and the State Department of Education. 

The State should lead by example and provide inclusive sample policies so that schools districts have guidance in creating comprehensive policies.

Model bill language:

The State Board of Education shall:

a) Develop a model policy and training materials on the components that should be included in any district policy;

b) Periodically review school district programs, activities, and services to determine whether the school boards are complying with this statute;

c) Compile and make available to all schools a list of programs appropriate for the prevention of harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyberbullying of students; 

d) Establish and maintain a central repository for the collection and analysis of information regarding harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyberbullying as defined in this statute;

e) Report to the state legislature annually on the current levels and nature of harassment, intimidation, and bullying in the schools and the effectiveness of school policies under this statute in combating harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyberbullying, including recommendations for appropriate actions to address identified problems.

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Advocacy Toolkit (.pdf - 2.08 MB)
This accompanying Cyberbullying Prevention Statute Advocacy Toolkit includes ADL's Model Anti-Bullying Statute, general talking points in support of anti-bullying legislation, a specific section-by-section description of the ADL model policy, a compilation of the existing anti-bullying statutes, and examples of school Internet acceptable use policies.

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Cyberbullying Prevention Model Statute

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Information on ADL's Cyberbullying Educational Community Workshops

ADL Comments on Justice Department Plan to Address Cyberbullying (01/12/10)
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