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Monday, January 12, 2015

New Illinois Cyberbullying Law in Effect

Illinois Public Act 98-0801 just went into effect on January 1, 2015 to expand the state's bullying prevention law to prohibit students from being bullied through online sources, such as Twitter or Facebook, using computers not on school property.  The previous law only applied to cyberbullying during the school day from school-owned computers.  

The new provision allows districts to take action "if the bullying causes a substantial disruption to the educational process or orderly operation of a school."  This new provision applies "only in cases in which a school administrator or teacher receives a report that bullying through this means has occurred and does not require a district or school to staff or monitor any nonschool-related activity, function, or program."

Many school districts will have to update their bullying policies to incorporate the new law.  

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