Washington state Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, has introduced a bill that would require school harassment policies to prohibit "cyber bullying."

"Schools would make [cyber bullying] subject to disciplinary action and certainly students may think twice about engaging in this," she told the Associated Press. The internet offers technology-savvy teens many ways to stay in constant contact with friends, from instant messaging to private chat rooms.

It also provides new forums for malicious gossips and school bullies. Cyber bullying ranges from ridiculing classmates on web sites and spreading rumors through blogs

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