Lawmakers Tout Cyber-Bullying Bill
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri lawmakers met Monday to publicly introduce a cyber-bullying bill to curb online attacks against children. This bill defines cyber-bullying as "the transmission of 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 bill also calls for all school to implement a bullying policy.
The bill is in committee, but is not on the calendar for debate. Republican representative Sue Allen is sponsoring the bill.
Lewis and Clark Middle School has already implemented a bullying policy. The counselors said they go into the classrooms and talk to the students about bullying and the seventh-graders talk about cyber-bullying. Cyber-bullying has become and issue because of sites like Facebook.
"Lot of my friends [have Facebook]. I can't think of one that doesn't have one," said student Alec Propst.
"I think that you can hide behind your phone or your computer screen and maybe you are more brave than you would be face to face," said counselor Debra Kaiser.
Kaiser said face to face conversation will help.
"We don't want to solve problems over the internet,we don't want to solve problems in the middle of the cafeteria. It's one on one, not on the computer, this is what grown ups do, we talk things out," Kaiser said.