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  • S. 1492:Broadband Data Improvement Act
    • A bill to improve the quality of federal and state data regarding the availability and quality of broadband services and to promote the deployment of affordable broadband services to all parts of the Nation.

                Title II - Protecting Children: Promoting a Safe Internet for Children

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  • AB 307 - Chavez Bill 
    • amended Section 51871.5 of the Education Code to include the following:Beginning July 1, 2008, technology plans shall include a component to educate pupils and teachers on the appropriate and ethical use of information technology in the classroom, Internet safety, the manner in which to avoid committing plagiarism, the concept, purpose, and significance of a copyright so that pupils are equipped with the skills necessary to distinguish lawful from unlawful online downloading, and the implications of illegal peer-to-peer network file sharing.

  • AB 746 - Campos
    • AB 746 Amends Section 32261 of the Education Code relating to students. Existing law, defines bullying as one or more acts of sexual harassment, hate violence, or intentional harassment, threats, or intimidation, directed against school district personnel or pupils, committed by a pupil or group of pupils. Under existing law, bullying, including bullying committed by means of an electronic act, as defined, is a ground on which suspension or expulsion may be based. This bill specifies that an electronic act includes a post on a social network Internet Web site.

  • AB 86 - Lieu – Cyberbullying
    • The new law gives schools authority to suspend or expel students for bullying fellow students over the Internet, in text-messaging or by other electronic means. Assembly Bill 86 adds cyberbullying to school disciplinary codes that previously defined bullying only in terms of direct physical or verbal harassment.

  • 1411 - Simitian - Impersonation
    • SB 1411 makes it unlawful to knowingly and without consent credibly impersonate another person through or on an Internet Web site or by other electronic means with the intent to harm, intimidate, threaten or defraud another person.

  • AB 9 - Seth's Law
    • The bill requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to post, and annually update, on his or her Internet Web site, and to provide to each school district, a list of statewide resources, including community-based organizations, that provide support to youth who have been subjected to school-based discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, and their families. The bill is operative on July 1, 2012.

  • SB 919 - Lieu - Sexting (in submission)
    • This bill adds sexting, as defined in this measure, as an offense for which a pupil can be suspended from school or recommended for expulsion.

  • Education Codes:
    • Education Codes 48900.4 and 48900 (r), strictly prohibit harassment or bullying of any kind and such behavior is subject to the following consequences:
      • Minimum: 1 day suspension
      • Maximum penalty: Expulsion

  • Education Codes 48900.4 ”Harassment, threats, or intimidation creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment”

  • Education Code 48900 (r) “Engaged in an act of bullying, including, but not limited to bullying committed by means of an electronic act, as defined in subdivisions (f) and (k) of Section 32261, directed specifically toward a pupil or school personnel”

Declares that the issue of Internet safety includes issues regarding the use of the Internet in a manner that promotes safe online activity for children, protects children from cybercrimes, including crimes by online predators, and helps parents shield their children from material that is inappropriate for minors.
Directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to carry out a nationwide program to increase public awareness and provide education on strategies to promote safe Internet use by children. Requires annual reports to specified congressional committees.
Directs the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information to establish an Online Safety and Technology working group to review and evaluate: (1) the status of industry efforts to promote online safety for children; (2) the status of industry efforts to promote online safety by service providers and remote computing services by reporting apparent child pornography under specified provisions; (3) the record-keeping practices of electronic communications and remote computing service providers in connection with crimes against children; and (4) the development of technologies to help parents protect their children from inappropriate material on the Internet. Requires the working group to report to the Assistant Secretary and specified congressional committees. Renders the Federal Advisory Committee Act inapplicable to the working group.
Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to require elementary and secondary schools with computer access to the Internet to educate minors about appropriate online behavior, including online interaction with other individuals in social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response.