Bills that were making their way through state house legislatures in Montana and Iowa recently died. Montana, FYI, is the only state in the nation without laws against bullying and cyberbullying…
If you are wondering why these bills fail, it is because people actually believe this:
Rep. Jerry Bennett voted against both measures in the House Judiciary Committee. The Libby Republican said he was bullied in high school because of his short stature, but he coped. Parents should use common sense and unplug their children’s mobile devices to help them avoid ridicule, he said.
Really? So your solution is for the victim’s family to just unplug themselves and ignore it, while the cyberbullies can go ahead and use the internet to destroy the namesake of a child? That is your solution? You don’t think there should be something in place to help the victims deal with the torment and end it, and you feel that those who wage war anonymously online should just be allowed to do it??
PC Pandora monitoring software will let you know if you have a bully operating in secret in your house so you can be an effective parent and key person in ending this epidemic (since the government doesn’t seem to want to be)…
If you have a victim in your home, PC Pandora will help you record and keep a record of everything!
What a shame…
June 9, 2013
Montana schools look to step in after anti-bullying legislation fails
By KATHRYN HAAKE, Associated Press
HELENA, Montana — A middle school classmate promised to make Jill Sharp’s life a living hell after the talented athlete won a coveted spot on a dance team in Sidney.
Sharp thought it was an empty threat, made out of jealousy. But then the girl attacked Sharp’s dancing ability and tarnished her reputation using social media sites such as MSN Messenger, Myspace, Facebook and Twitter.
Sharp, now 20, told her story this year before the Montana House Judiciary Committee as it was considering an anti-bullying bill. She described how the taunting messages continued to appear through middle school and high school.
“But I was always taught that I would be the bigger person,” Sharp said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. “I just hoped this person would grow out of it.”
She finally went to her high school principal with a thick file documenting the posts and messages. The principal recommended she take legal action, but that proved to be a dead end.
“Montana doesn’t have any legislation against bullying in general, and no law saying that you have to be a good person,” said Sharp, who recalled that police told her that her adversary could say whatever she wanted to online.
Montana is the only state in the nation without laws against bullying and cyberbullying, according the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. But even with the nationwide push against bullying in recent years, it’s not clear whether such laws actually work. [READ FULL STORY]
June 9, 2013
A crackdown on cyberbullying bill failed to advance in Legislature
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A bill designed to crack down on cyberbullying failed to advance in the Legislature this year, but Gov. Terry Branstad says he plans to keep working to toughen Iowa’s anti-bullying laws. Branstad promised Thursday that he would hold another state summit on bullying, as he did last fall, and will work to get a bill passed next year. [READ FULL STORY]