[caption id="attachment_67864" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Rep. Ruggiero penned the Safe Schools Act after a bullying-provoked suicide occurred in Rhode Island."][/caption]

Rhode Island’s recently-approved “Safe School Act,” created in response to online bullying, seeks to standardize school responses to online bullying issues. And despite some media reports decrying the bill's apparent ban of all social media at all times, the bill's author clarifies that social media use is, in fact, encouraged for educational purposes.

The act defines cyber bullying as bullying through the use of technology or electronic communication, including eMail,...

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