Masters Thesis

A Policy analysis on California's cyber bullying laws under the Education Code

Cyber bullying is a dangerous phenomenon that is increasing along with the new appearance of digital media. Our government has made several attempts to prevent all forms of harassment or bullying during some decades. Several states, including California, have enacted pertinent criminal regulations that cover several types of bullying acts and electronic aggression. Yet, those regulations leave certain significant ambiguities. Likewise, school officials have made several attempts to prevent this severe form of aggressive behavior by counseling students on how to address cyber bullying acts on and off-campuses. This paper comprises a comprehensive analysis on California’s approach to anti-cyberbullying legislation. Additionally, this analysis measures the feasibility and effectiveness of current policies. The author provides several tentative alternatives to strengthen and restructure current California’s cyber bullying laws and suggests several strategies on how to prevent the digitalized form of aggressive behavior among youths. Some of the most prominent effects of cyber bullying comprise aggressive behavior, low self-esteem, and suicidal ideations. Several public youth’s suicides have been linked with cyber bulling. Based on research, there is no direct federal level law prescribed to combat cyber bullying behavior. Thus, the author’s main recommendation comprises enacting and tightening a federal policy to deter cyber bullying and create a nation-wide culture free of harassment.

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