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Anti-bullying Education: Start Young and Start Collaborating

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Anti-bullying Education: Start Young and Start Collaborating. Seeing impact of MA law in schools now...
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 10:00am


By Lynette T. Owens

My daughter’s backpack always comes home filled with interesting things - art projects, homework assignments, half-eaten lunches.  But two days ago, an unexpected letter was there.  It notified us that the students at her elementary school would be discussing issues of diversity, accepting differences, and peer pressure as part of our district’s anti-bullying focus.

We are now experiencing the impact of a Massachusetts law passed earlier this year requiring schools to deal with bullying in a comprehensive and proactive way.  Passed in response to recent cyberbullying cases ending in suicides, such as that of Phoebe Prince,  the law clearly states that bullying, including “through the use of technology or an electronic device”, is prohibited.  And school districts are required to have prevention and intervention measures in place, to train staff and students accordingly, and to involve parents and community in the process.

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Keywords: Education | M.G.L. c. 71 sec.37O | anti-bullying laws | cyberbullying | digital citizenship | internet safety | online safety