Included are the current social media laws and/or social media polices related to Cybercrime, Sexting and Cyberbullying. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with them and feel free to contact the agency or me should you have questions.
Current Technology is way ahead of our laws!
This is the current New Jersey Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, legislation that was signed by Governor Chris Christe in January 2011. It specifically outlines what the schools and subsequent departments, to include Board of Ed and Guidance need to implement on or before school year 2011-2012. This law sends a message of ACCOUNTABILTY and demands training related to all forms of bullying.
New Jersey Laws on “Sexting”
Requires school districts to annually disseminate information to students and parents or guardians on the dangers of distributing sexually explicit images through electronic means.
Creates diversionary program for juveniles who are criminally charged for “sexting” or posting sexual images.
Prohibits retail stores from selling cellular telephone equipment or cellular telephone equipment service contracts unless stores provide information brochures about “sexting” to customers who purchase such equipment or contracts.
Federal Law on “Sexting”
Under Federal Law, child pornography is a criminal act, and is defined as a visual depiction of any kind, including a drawing, cartoon, sculpture, or painting, photograph, film, video, or computer-generated image or picture, where it depicts a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct and is obscene. These illegal images can be produced and presented in various forms including print media, videotape, film, CD, the internet, and yes, cell phones. Thus the “sexting” issue comes into play.
Although currently many states are trying to find a middle of the ground punishment for those under age teens facing “sexting” related criminal offenses.
See the included official law.
This document is an example Conduct Discipline policy from the Town of Leonia, Board of Education, New Jersey. The policy details the schools response to Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying. Note each local school will should have a policy available for your review and it may be very different from the example policy. Please contact your local school for a copy of their policy.
This document is an example of a school policy on “Sexting” from the School Board of Indianapolis, Indiana. It really defines and focuses in on defining the issue and the consequences.