Cyberbullying can lead to "real world" consequences

1 year 3 months 1 week ago February 18, 2016 Feb 18, 2016 Thursday, February 18 2016 Thursday, February 18, 2016 6:25:00 PM CST in News
By: Paxton DiBlasi, KOMU 8 Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY – Despite being over the Internet, cyberbullying can have very real consequences, and the Missouri House of Representatives is working to try and cut down on what it considers a big problem among kids.

There are two bills working through the House that would show exactly how school districts should handle cyberbullying. Rep. Keith English, I-Florissant is working on one of the bills and an amendment to another on cyberbullying.

Rep. English said, “We want to make sure that we can pass legislation that isn’t feel-good legislation, but that does have some teeth to it. So that we can give them a tool to work in the right direction on not only fixing but finally eliminating any possibility of cyberbullying.”

He said he expects the bill to make it through the House and into the Senate in the near future with little delay.

“1384 is a bill that give the school district the tool—if they wish to use it—on exactly, step-by-step the punishment that will happen to every single student that cyberbullies on or off their campus,” Rep. English said.

Many other states have bullying and cyberbullying laws already in place, but less than half of them include cyberbullying or off-campus behavior that causes disruption in the classroom.

The stand-alone bill Rep. English worked on would also allow school districts in Missouri to discipline students for behavior that started off campus.

The bill defines cyberbullying as “bullying through the transmission of a communication including, but not limited to, a message, text, sound, or image by means of an electronic device, including, but not limited to, a telephone, wireless telephone, or other wireless communication device, computer, or pager.”

The Cyberbullying Research Institute has compiled a number of studies on the issue.

According to its research, “Cyberbullying is related to low self-esteem, suicidal ideation, anger, frustration, and a variety of other emotional and psychological problems...it is related to other issues in the ‘real world’ including school problems, anti-social behavior, substance use, and delinquency.”

Otto Fajen is the legislative director for the Missouri National Education Association and said there are ways to help your kids respond to cyberbullying, but communication is key.

“Take it seriously if there’s something,” Fajen said. “Make sure you have that communication. Find out if it's that they found out they didn’t do well on the test, or they're frustrated because somebody they like isn’t talking to them, or is there something else?”

In some cases cyberbullying has led teens to commit suicide.

According to the CDC, suicide is the third leading cause of death among persons aged 10-14 and the second leading cause among persons aged 15-34.

Rep. English said, “We want to make sure that we stop any chances of teenage suicide, any chance of cyberbullying to happen even on a little scale to a grand scale. The amount of teenage suicide has to stop and we have to do everything we can as a legislative body to give the school district a tool to stop it.”

 

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a man who barricaded himself inside a home repeatedly fired at officers... More >>
15 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 6:54:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City, Missouri, police say they are searching for a man who shot two people,... More >>
15 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 6:46:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A new business pushes it’s clients to their limit and has them sweating bullets. Two former NFL... More >>
16 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 5:06:00 PM CDT in Sports
COLUMBIA - A resettlement agency supporting refugees had a surplus in donations, so it decided to sell some of its... More >>
17 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 4:47:00 PM CDT in News
As of 6:00 p.m. 23,491 Electric Cooperative member-consumers are without power As of 5:37 p.m. Saturday, Ameren reports that... More >>
17 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 4:21:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - Traditional Native American food, crafts and dancing can be found at the tenth annual "For the People"... More >>
18 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 3:48:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Two teens were arrested early Saturday morning in relation to an armed robbery Friday night. Columbia Police... More >>
18 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 3:46:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
BOONE COUNTY - One person was extricated from a vehicle and taken to the hospital with serious injuries after a... More >>
19 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 2:53:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA— The start of the ninth annual Pedaler’s Jamboree was held on Saturday. Nine years ago when the event... More >>
19 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 2:24:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - The 29th Annual Salute to Veterans Air Show is scheduled for Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28... More >>
19 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 2:10:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Three people were taken to hospitals by emergency personnel following a three-car wreck Saturday morning. A... More >>
20 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 1:08:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA – Public pools in Columbia opens for Memorial Day weekend, but they are still looking for more people to... More >>
22 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 11:29:00 AM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Two months after the idea was first introduced to leaders in Springfield, Missouri, the city's new... More >>
22 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 11:13:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a man who exchanged gunfire with officers during an hours-long standoff has... More >>
22 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 11:09:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Lawmakers have passed a proposal in a special session that supporters hope will bring hundreds... More >>
1 day ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 5:13:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY – A father was sentenced in federal court Friday for threatening the attorney who represented one of his... More >>
1 day ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 8:04:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
OSAGE BEACH – People going to Lake of the Ozarks this Memorial Day Weekend may encounter severe weather, dampening the... More >>
1 day ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 7:56:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - A motor vehicle collision left a man seriously injured Friday morning. Elmer Redcay, 62, was northbound... More >>
1 day ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 7:53:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 68°
10am 67°
11am 71°
12pm 74°
1pm 75°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

10:00a
Give
10:30a
Heart of a Champion with Lauren Thompson
11:00a
2017 French Open
10:00a
Discover the Truth
10:30a
In Search of the Lord's Way
11:00a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
American Ninja Warrior
8:00p
American Ninja Warrior
6:00p
A Thousand Words
8:00p
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld