PUBLIC RECORD FLORIDA — A new federal law aims to keep students and teachers safe from cyberbullying and cyberstalking.
The Cyber Stalking and Cyberbullying Act of 2018 is a major step in the right direction for Florida public schools.
The law, which takes effect on July 1, aims to prevent cyberstalkers from creating a hostile environment, and to deter others from harassing or stalking teachers and students.
It aims to increase school security, but also includes other provisions.
The act requires schools to report suspected cyberbullies to the Department of Children and Families, which can send the case to federal authorities.
It also includes provisions to ensure students’ personal information is not shared with others, and for schools to create a process to prevent any students who are cyberstalker-victims from being in the same classroom with students they have allegedly harassed or stalked.
The act has been signed into law by President Donald Trump.
It was first proposed by then-Gov.
Jeb Bush in 2015, but died in the Senate last year.
It is now sponsored by Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, both Democrats.
It passed the Senate in December, but failed to get a hearing in the House.
“This is an important bill for Florida families,” Blumenthal said in a statement.
“It is critical that Florida public education remain safe and secure.
I am grateful to our colleagues for working with me to make sure this bill reaches my desk.”
The new bill also includes a provision that gives states and school districts the option to create policies to help teachers and other staff avoid online bullying.
That would make it easier for schools and districts to report cyberstingers and other cyberbullied students.
The bill also would establish a cyber-bullying task force, with the goal of ensuring the nation’s schools remain safe from online bullying and cyberbulling.
The task force will include representatives from state education departments and federal agencies.
It has not yet been announced whether or not the task force would include federal officials.