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Pew Research reports that approximately 32 percent of teenagers who use the internet say they have been targets of some form of cyberbullying. Perpetrators of cyberbullying may send threatening messages via texting, e-mail, Facebook, or MySpace; disseminate private e-mails or text messages without permission; post embarrassing pictures; or spread rumors online.
The Texas Education Code requires that students be provided a safe learning environment, free from harassment. School districts, however, have limited ability to address cyberbullying, especially if it is initiated via an electronic device, off-campus, and outside of school hours. SB 42 would expand the current statutory definition of bullying to include electronic bullying, thereby granting schools the power to address an increasingly serious and pervasive form of bullying.