New Anti-Bullying law in California for 2014.

Starting January 2014, AB 256 will change the Educational Code and allow schools to discipline students for cyberbullying, even when it is done away from school.

The existing law prohibits a pupil from being suspended or expelled for cyberbullying unless the act is related to a school activity or school attendance occurring within a school.

This bill would instead, for purposes of pupil suspension or recommendation for expulsion from a school, define “electronic act” as the creation and transmission originated on or off the schoolsite, by means of an electronic device, including, but not limited to, a telephone, wireless telephone, or other wireless communication device, computer, or pager.

This will be an amazing and controversial law. Schools traditionally have only disciplined students for acts committed on school campus. This law will allow them to discipline for activity committed at home, even on the weekend. I spoke to one of my Assistant Principals and he sees this law generating a lot more work for him. Fair or not, this might be the one thing that will make an impression on these kids who are cyberbullying others. Saturday school and detention makes kids think twice.

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Clayton Cranford
Clayton Cranford is a retired Sergeant from Orange County Sheriff's Department in California and owner of Total Safety Solutions LLC. Clayton is one of the nation’s leading law enforcement educators on social media, child safety, and behavioral threat assessments. Clayton is the author of the definitive book on cyber safety for families, “Parenting in the Digital World.” Clayton has more than 20 years of teaching experience and was awarded the 2015 National Bullying Prevention Award from the School Safety Advocacy Council, and the 2015 American Legion Medal of Merit. Clayton was a member of the County's Behavioral Threat Assessment Team, Crisis Negotiation Team, School Resource Officer program, and Juvenile Bureau.