Monday, February 17, 2014

Putting Your Bullying and Cyberbullying School Policy in Context

Put the cyberbullying / bullying policy in context. 

Do laws already cover the issues? If so, what is the law? Are there rights that correspond to the policy, such as requiring that the school secure the safety of a student even if it means funding a charter school or private school spot for them? How does FERPA apply?

The Florida Department of Education model policy lists the Florida state law covering harassment.
Cyberstalking as defined in s. 784.048(1)(d), F.S., means to engage in a course of conduct to communicate, or to cause to be communicated, words, images, or language by or through the use of electronic mail or electronic communication, directed at a specific person, causing substantial emotional distress to that person and serving no legitimate purpose.

But it does not lay out the wiretapping laws that govern students spying on each other using digital technologies (which are more strict than other states) or hacking applications, civil rights laws that may apply or the federal cyberstalking law that governs anonymous digital communications designed to annoy or harass someone. 

Parry recommends that those are explained or referenced with links provided to legal sites or WiredSafety for more information.