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Cyberbullying Enacted Legislation 2006-2010

June 7, 2012

The safety of schools is increasingly becoming a focus of state legislative action. School bullying and harassment policies are being supplemented to provide students protection from cyberbullying, which can be defined as the willful and repeated use of cell phones, computers, and other electronic communication devices to harass and threaten others. Below is a list of enacted legislation that address cyberbullying, including links to full bill texts.

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Bill Number

Summary (Some contents of the summaries are provided by State Net.)

Year Enacted


HB 216

Provides for the adoption of policies by public school systems pertaining to the prevention of harassment of one student against another student, provides that the right of freedom of speech would not be abridged, requires the State Department of Education to develop a model policy for local boards pertaining to student harassment prevention. Promotes school-based or community-based alternative programs outside of the classroom.



SB 1266

Provides that it is unlawful for a juvenile to use an electronic communication device to transmit or display a visual depiction of a minor that depicts explicit sexual material or to intentionally or knowingly possess such a visual depiction that was transmitted to the juvenile through the use of such a device, modifies the crimes of aggravated assault and domestic violence, specifies that an order of protection against a person accused of domestic violence may include provisions to protect an animal.



HB 1072

Includes cyberbullying in school district harassment prevention policies. Requires every public school district to have policies to prevent pupil harassment including bullying and cyberbullying. Policies need to address bullying in school, on school property, or electronic acts that result in substantial disruption of the educational environment.



AB 86

Specifies that bullying, as used in the Interagency School Safety Demonstration Act of 1985, includes acts that constitute sexual harassment, hate violence, or severe or pervasive intentional harassment, threats, or intimidation and that are committed personally or by means of an electronic communications device or system. Provides grounds for school officials to suspend a pupil or recommend a pupil for expulsion for bullying, including bullying by electronic act.



HB 1036

Requires each school district, to adopt an internet safety plan consisting of a comprehensive, age-appropriate curriculum teaching the safe and legal use of the internet; encourages each school district to use existing internet safety resources available from nonprofit organizations and to work with local law enforcement agencies in adopting and developing the curriculum; directs each school district to identify a person who is responsible for overseeing implementation of the internet safety plan. Includes online bullying as a topic that the curriculum may address.



HB 7

Creates the School Bullying Prevention Act. This bill provides for a safer learning environment for students attending public schools, including charter schools, in the State of Delaware and for the staff members of those institutions. The bill requires each school district and charter school to establish a policy on bullying prevention with certain minimal requirements including, but not limited to developing a bullying prevention program and reporting bullying to the Delaware Department of Education. Electronic communication is included in the definition of bullying.


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