How to stop cyberbullying: Protecting children and their privacy
The Cyberbullying Prevention and Response Act of 2017, sponsored by Sens.
Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Claire McCaskill (D -Mo.), will make it easier for businesses to report cyberbullies.
The bill will make clear that companies must make a “reasonable effort” to prevent harassment, including “disseminating cyberbullied content to minors,” and that they can be held liable for “disclose[ing] cyberbullish content to children.”
Companies will also be able to sue for damages in court for cyberbullishing.
The law also requires businesses to inform their employees about “the risks associated with online bullying,” and to provide “reasonable notice to employees of the cyberbullening environment” and the consequences.
The bill was introduced by Blumenthal in January.
It passed the Senate with a bipartisan vote of 67-36, but has yet to make it to President Trump’s desk.
The White House released a statement after Blumenthal’s vote, calling the bill “a strong first step in protecting children from online bullying.”
“While the Cyberbulling Prevention and Recovery Act will not address every type of cyberbulling, it will make a strong start in preventing and ending cyberbullaging,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said.
The president signed the bill into law on Friday.
The CyberBulling Prevention Act of 2018 is a response to the growing threat of cyber bullying, including cyberbulled-out accounts, the publication of offensive content, and the spread of false information about other users.