RI Senate passes cyberbullying policy

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Rhode Island Senators voted unanimously to create a single, statewide policy to combat cyberbullying in Rhode Island schools.

The Senate passed the bill 34-0 Thursday.

The proposal would give teachers and administrators new rules on how to respond to bullying reports, notify parents and discipline students. It’s designed to address what educators say is a growing problem of students using email, text messages and social networking sites to bully or humiliate their peers. State education officials would work out the details of the policy.

The bill would also prohibit students from accessing social networking sites like Facebook during school hours without a teacher’s permission.

The House has already passed a similar bill.

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