Every adult around the world probably has some sort of bullying story to tell. Some may even say this is a right of passage, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Why would we allow our children and others children to be subjected to an unnecessary form of sophomoric tyranny?! The New York anti-bullying law – New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act – was amended in 2012 with an effective date of July 1, 2013.
What does this mean for your children?
The original New York State Anti-bullying act of 2010 was amended to include cyberbullying, defined as
“harassment or bullying by any form of electronic communication, and include incidents occurring off school property that create or would foreseeably create a risk of substantial disruption within the school environment.”
The amendment also broadens the to include the way in which instruction is delivered in schools, expanding the concepts of tolerance. Tolerance according to the amendment includes “an awareness and sensitivity in the relations of people, including but not limited to, different races, weights, national origins, ethnic groups, religions, religious practices, mental or physical abilities, sexual orientations, gender identity, and sexes”.
To read the Dignity Act – click here.