Who Are We Protecting?
Bullying is an issue that has become more prevalent we must create laws to tackle this issue now. If you were to see bullying happen right in front of you who would you defend? I would defend the person being bullied and not the instigator. We should be concentrating our efforts on protecting the victim not the problem. In the era of computers and networking, we face many new issues that can have very real consequences. We have lost many young lives due to this new technology, and even though it may be great to keep up with friends and family, not everyone is using this new technology for good. Many kids are getting bullied online in places like Facebook and Myspace, and in most of the cases, the kids are not of the age listed by the company to be able to open an account. This rule is partly to take into account the maturity level of the person holding the account. The people having their self-esteem smothered should be the people we should be protecting with these new laws. We have had many new issues come from the internet including; online harassment, cyberbullying, hacking, identity theft…etc. The internet has created this virtual world that some people feel is separate from their real lives. One of the new laws for New York State is the Laws of New York Chapter 102, and this new law will be enacted on July 1st, 2013. This law is holding the schools accountable for the safety of the student in and out of school. With my child attending a public school which will be affected by this law, it will be beneficial to him. This law, which will soon be enacted, was a previous education law that has been amended to help curb some of the new problems the schools have now been facing concerning cyberbullying. These problems have been spilling over into the “safe” school learning environment. This new law does recognize that most of the bullying happens off of school grounds, but they understand also that what happens out of school also effects the learning environment. The law states” that with expanding the provisions of the Dignity for All Students Act, the legislator intends to give school districts tools to address these harmful acts consistent with the emerging research in the field” (Laws of New York 102). In recent years, New York State has taken many steps and precautions to make sure that their students have a stable learning environment. The New York Law also states that” harassment and bulling means the creation of a hostile environment by conduct or by threats, intimidation or abuse, including cyberbullying that has or would have the effect of unreasonably and substantially interfering with a students educational performance, opportunities or benefits, or mental, emotional or physical well being; or reasonable causes or reasonably be expected to cause a student to fear his or her physical safety” (pg1). The New York law holds the schools accountable to keep their children they teach in a safe environment. The teachers are held accountable to report any instance of bullying within two days. This information must be reported monthly and submitted to the superintendent. This is a great way for the students to feel safe and for cyberbullying to be dealt with in a timely manner, and the victim feeling safe throughout the process.
The law should be expanded to set punishments for the bullies to get them the help they would need to understand why they are doing what they are doing. Usually people who are bullies have insecurities, or have had the same thing happen to them. With consequences for what they are doing, it would cut down on the amount of occurrences. They should be mandated to go through counseling for a certain amount of time: a conference in which bullied students would share their stories and how it has affected them and what they have gone through to try to recover from the abuse. There should be steps set up for the number of offenses just as they would...
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